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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 600 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.


Deadline: Friday, December 2, 2016
Write about a New Year's Resolution you either kept or wish you had.
Why did you choose it? How were you able to be successful? If you weren't, what did you learn so you can aim for success next time?
[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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