Annual Anthology

The annual New Shoots anthology is a collection of writing and artwork by Vancouver teens. This professionally designed and edited book is a testament to the commitment of all participants: students, mentors, and teachers.

At the end of the school term, we host a launch event to celebrate the publication. Teen writers have the opportunity to perform readings of their work; local artists also share their mentorship experiences. Friends, families, teachers, and the UBC School of Creative Writing community are all invited to join the party.

You’ll find previous edition covers below. They represent the voices of remarkable young people as they discover their identities and what’s truly important. They write about love, the future, the world, and current events impacting them. The books serve as time capsules that reflect generations of teens’ thoughts, concerns, and ideas.

The world has changed since New Shoots began, but many topics of interest for teens 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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