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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 anonymouslyā€”but 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.


Deadline: Friday, November 20, 2015
Describe something you have done to make a difference in a community you belong to. It can be in your neighborhood, your circle of friends, your family, your school, or your place of worship. How did you get involved and what did you learn? How did it feel to get involved in your community this way?
[click here to enter online]


Deadline: Friday, January 22, 2016
In "Wisdom From Older Strangers," Melvin Pichardo takes a job helping older people and unexpectedly finds they help him in return. Joel Rembert discovered he had talents he didn't recognize when he helped a teacher in distress (Raising Money for the March of Dimes). Describe a time you helped someone and what surprised you about the experience. Did you change in the process?
[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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