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YCteen Essay Contest
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Writing Contest Prizes

Contest Rules:

  • You must be between the ages of 14 and 19.
  • Essays should be no more than 800 words.
  • They must be true stories written by you. This is a non-fiction essay contest; fictional entries or plagiarized entries will be disqualified and you will not be allowed to enter our contest again.
  • 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.

CONTEST QUESTION #224

Deadline: Friday, October 3, 2014
If you could change someone's life, who would it be and what would you change? Why? It could be someone you know personally, a stranger you've observed, or yourself
[click here to enter online]

CONTEST QUESTION #225

Deadline: Friday, December 12, 2014
Climate change is no longer a far-off problem and will have a dramatic effect on teens. For instance, the flooding that we experienced during Hurricanes Irene and Sandy could become more frequent. Parts of New York City could become uninhabitable and droughts in California could result in food shortages. In September, world leaders will meet to discuss climate change proposals in preparation for a global agreement scheduled for 2015. In a letter to President Obama, using specific examples from your life, present three reasons why he needs to make this a priority today.
[click here to enter online]
You may also submit your essay by mail, fax, or email. Please print your first and last name, your email address, school, home address, age, and phone number clearly on your entry.

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