Metaphor Editors' Conference

About the Event

As a staff, the editors of Metaphor invite high school students to participate in a conference held annually in the spring. Prior to the conference, we host a writing contest that participating students can submit to for a chance to win cash prizes. At the conference, we host a variety of editor-led courses in which students have the opportunity to learn more about literary editing, writing, and publishing at the collegiate level and beyond. We will also host an open mic and a luncheon at this event. 

Our spring MEC is scheduled for:


How to Participate (Teacher/Advisor Use Only)

Participating in MEC is by invite only.

If you are a teacher or advisor interested in bringing students to this event, please contact our Assistant Editor at the contact information listed below by Monday, Janurary 24th, 2022. Please include the number of students you anticipate bringing, as well as whether or not they will participate in the writing contest in your query.

Unfortunately, we have a limited amount of slots open for this event, and we may not be able to accommodate all requests. You can expect timely communication from our Assistant Editor in making and confirming any plans. 

Christina Anderson, Assistant Editor

Metaphor Office phone:


Writing Contest Guidelines

Submission Deadline: Monday, February 21st, 2022.

For MEC, Metaphor is accepting submissions in the following two categories:

Flash Fiction:

  • 250 to 1,000 words
  • No more than two submissions per student
  • 12 point font
  • Professional font (Times New Roman or similar)
  • Double-spaced
  • In either Microsoft Word or Open Office format


  • Students may submit up to three pieces
  • Pieces must not exceed two pages in length
  • 12 point font
  • Professional font (Times New Roman or similar)
  • In either Microsoft Word or Open Office format

Submissions that do not follow these guidelines will not be considered for the contest.

How to Submit (High School Student Use Only)

Be aware that all submissions to the HSEC writing contest are judged by the undergraduate editors on the Metaphor staff. Any WSU English department professors or staff are not involved in the reading or judging of these pieces; similarly, any teachers or advisors at the high school level are not involved in the reading or judging of these pieces. 

Metaphor will be accepting 2022 MEC submissions via email at Please include all submissions as attachments. The subject line of your email should include the words HSEC Contest and the genre of your submission. For example, if you are submitting poetry, your email subject line should read, "MEC Contest, poetry."