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YCteen Writing Contest
YCteen Essay Contest
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Writing Contest Prizes

Deadline: March 24, 2017

Make Your Voice Heard!
Do you have a strong feeling about an article you read in the current issue of YCteen? We'd like to hear about it.

YCteen is written by a staff of teen writers who work in our New York City newsroom. But writing is a form of conversation, and we want you to join in.

We invite you to submit an essay in the form of a letter to the writer, responding to their story. This is an opportunity to express your opinion or present your own point of view on a story you've read.

Start your letter with "Dear Writer" and reference the article by the title, and the writer's name. End it with "Sincerely" and your name, address, high school, and age.

Here are some prompts to inspire you:
  • What stood out to you about the story you chose?
  • Can you relate to what the writer experienced? How is your own experience similar, or different?
  • If you disagree with the writer, explain why you think differently or how you might have handled the situation.
  • Did the story change your opinion or influence your actions?
  • Are there aspects that the writer has not considered?
[click here to enter online]


Contest Rules:

  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • Your essay must respond to a story in our current issue only.
  • Essays should be no more than 600 words.
  • If you win, your story will be published on our website and in our print issue. Tell us if you want your story to be printed anonymouslybut you should still type in your full name and complete address so we know where to mail your check if you win.
  • Current YCteen or Represent writers may not enter the essay contest.
  • You MUST provide your full name, age, and a U.S. address to win.
  • Essays may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.


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