“Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.” — Edgar Allan Poe

2021 Young Saturday Visitor Awards Deadline

Attention: the Young Saturday Visiter Awards are a separate category within the SVA and only open to Maryland High School Students (Grades 9-12 or equivalent as of the 2021-22 school year.) For information about the greater Saturday Visiter Awards program open to adults, please see the SaturdayVisiterAwards.org official website.

The Young Saturday ‘Visiter’ Awards (SVA) are a new honor, presented by Poe Baltimore and the Baltimore National Heritage Area, recognizing young artists & writers who have created artistic works inspired by Edgar Allan Poe. The awards are named for the Baltimore publication that awarded young Poe a prize for writing which launched the famed writer’s career. The prizes honor media, art, performance and writing that adapts or is inspired by Poe’s life and works, created by a student (grade 9 - 12 or equivalent) in the State of Maryland. Creative works in any medium and genre are eligible. Nominees will be announced at the 2021 International Edgar Allan Poe Festival & Awards, in Baltimore, Maryland.

Who Can Submit Entries

High School Students as of the 2021-22 school year in the State of Maryland (grades 9-12 or homeschool equivalent) are eligible to enter a work for consideration.

Entries may be submitted by any student artist, producer, publisher, author or any member of the creative team. Only works created by the student are eligible: ensemble teams may not include non-student members except in an advisory role; if the student contributed to a greater ensemble work, only the portion created/performed by the student will be considered. (Should you have questions about eligibility before submitting, please contact the Awards administrator contact@poefestinternational.org)


Works in any medium and genre (including digital or web-based works) are eligible. Entries are not limited to writing; graphical works, film, comics, music, live performance etc. may all be eligible. Only works created or performed by an individual who is a Maryland High School Student (grades 9-12 or equivalent) during the 2021-22 School Year are eligible to be entered.

Works published or created in a language other than English are eligible, but at this time the work must provide English-language subtitles.

Parent/Guardian consent is required should the work be nominated. If selected, the Awards administrator will contact the nominee’s Parent/Guardian to obtain permission to announce the student’s name and work in a Press Release and Festival notice. Failure to reach and obtain this permission from the Parent/Guardian will result in forfeit of the entry for announcement.

Call for entries opens April 1, 2021. Deadline to enter is September 15, 2021! Click here to submit an entry. There is no application fee for students.

Though he was not wealthy in his lifetime, Edgar Allan Poe was the first American writer to support himself entirely by his pen. The Saturday Visiter was the name—and spelling—of a local periodical that held a contest for poetry and short stories. Poe won the award for his short story “MS Found in a Bottle” (which he wrote at Poe House.) The Saturday Visiter Awards are named after the prize a young Edgar Allan Poe won while he lived in Baltimore which helped to launch the famed writer’s career. The Young Saturday Visiter Award Category is sponsored by the Baltimore National Heritage Area to recognize Maryland students and foster creativity.


The Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum
203 N Amity St,
Baltimore, MD 21223