Annual New Shoots Anthologies

Each year, New Shoots publishes an anthology of writing by Vancouver teens in a professionally edited and designed book. Curated by writer-mentors, these printed books serve as a reminder of the commitment of our mentors and VSB teachers, and a launching pad for the careers of many aspiring writers.

These anthologies are released at the end of each school year with a huge public celebration featuring teen writers, mentors, and local authors who were involved in New Shoots early on in their careers. Friends, families, teachers, and the UBC School of Creative Writing community are all invited to join the launch party.

Below, you will find the cover of previous volumes of the anthology below. The astounding amount of writing by local teens shows you which topics were most important to the young people exercising their voices and discovering their identities. They wrote about love, the future, the environment, and other important things. You will also find that some of the work responds to current events, turning the printed books into time capsules that reflect young writers’ thoughts, concerns, and ideas.

The world has changed since New Shoots started over 35 years ago, but many of the concerns teens want to write about have remained the same. Click on the thumbnail covers to learn more about each anthology and read some of the pieces published over the past three decades.



Desert Storm by Angela (Published in New Shoots 7)

Untitled by Tommy (Published in New Shoots 5)

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Afghanistan 1994 by Nuria (Published in New Shoots 13)

The Bus Ride by Sadie (Published in New Shoots 16)

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Iceland by Ehsa (Published in New Shoots 21)

Dentophobia by Chelsea (Published in New Shoots 28)

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2020 – 2021