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Submissions Open: Sunday, July 19, 2020

Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2020

Summer 2020

Writing Contest


This summer is one that most of us will probably never forget; we want to hear your stories. For this writing contest, writers should embrace the experiences and emotions this summer has brought them. Whether their pieces cover current events or study their own personal introspective, we ask that writers produce pieces that best demonstrate their skills and the relevance of the prompt. Writers may write in whatever style they prefer (narratives, poetry, fiction, etc.). Please direct any questions to


This contest is open to 9th-12th graders


All submissions must be or be under 750 words


Judging for the Summer 2020 Writing Contests will take place in two stages. After the deadline, all pieces will be received and assessed by our writing team. Of these, 4 pieces will be selected and posted to our website. Our audience will then vote on which of the 4 they enjoyed the most. Final winners will be chosen in this manner.


First Place: A $25 Amazon Gift Card, promotion on our  website

Second Place: Promotion on our website

Third Place: Promotion on our website

Fourth Place: Promotion on our website

Snow and Tell

Music Composition Contest

The outlet inspire X young composers' community

With the end of winter rolling around, now is a great time to say our goodbyes by voting for the piece you believe should win the Snow and Tell music composition contest! Please listen to each of the entries below before voting using the google form linked below. Thank you to all of our participants and enjoy!

Winner: "THere With You", Miriam fernandez

Thank you to everyone who participated in and voted for this music composition contest. We appreciate this opportunity to highlight the talents of various young creators. Keep up the excellent work!  

There with you

Miriam Fernandez

There With You
00:00 / 03:00

What inspired me to compose this piece was reflecting back on the challenges of this year and how winter was going to be different due to the pandemic. For me, winter is a special time because of the holidays that I celebrate along with my family and friends. Usually, my family and other family members would get together and celebrate by eating good food, attending religious services, and simply enjoying the company of each other. However, winter in 2020 looked very different but for me, the significance of winter remained the same and that's what I wrote about in my song. It's meaningful to me because it narrates how this year has impacted winter and how we usually celebrate, but that it's still a special time for everyone to celebrate and even if people can't come together like before, we're all in each others hearts. I played this song on my ukulele while singing along.

Festive Trees

RS Zhang

Festive Trees
00:00 / 01:10

The holiday season is a time to be grateful for the people in your life and to be merry. Call me Feste the Jester.

The Holidays Must Go on

The Holidays Must Go On
00:00 / 01:44

Amber Beck

This piece was inspired by an article detailing how American families are coping with not being able to travel to see each other and holding small gatherings due to the pandemic. While this is a difficult time for everyone, having a small Christmas at home with the family members of my household allowed me to still feel a sense of normalcy during the chaotic year of 2020. I combined harsher block chords with cheerful melodies to symbolize the upside of this year and my thankfulness for the winter season, while also acknowledging the hardships and losses our nation has been plagued with. The piece is full of transitions in tempo and volume. This year has been full of changes due to the cancellations of extracurriculars and switching from in-person to online learning. I also used bells and chimes throughout the piece to create a wintery feel. The end of my piece slows down in tempo and decrescendos to create a resolved feeling, representing the end of a difficult year.


The season of winter is a unique time of connection and reflection. Participate in the Snow and Tell music composition contest to express what winter in 2020 means to you. Whether you have been composing for some time now or are a musician starting to take your first steps, entering is a great way to motivate yourself into furthering or developing your art! Submissions are limited to one entry per person. Let's get creating!


Final entries should be related to the wintertime. 


This contest is open to 9th-12th graders


All submissions must be at least 1 minute long.


After submission, entered pieces will be posted to From there, the audience members will be able to choose their top three entries. Winners will be chosen in this manner.


$30 Visa Giftcard! Treat yourself!



Make sure to stay tuned to the website and visit our Instagram @theoutlet.inspire and the Young Composers' Community Instagram @youngcomposerscommunity for updates!

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