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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 #233

Deadline: Friday, July 22, 2016
What changes do you want the incoming president to make?
Many of this year's presidential candidates have captured the popular feeling that our political, economic and social systems are broken. Do you agree? What seems broken that affects you, your family, your community? What changes do you wish those in office would make?
[click here to enter online]

CONTEST QUESTION #234

Deadline: Friday, September 30, 2016
If you could go back in time, who would you most want to meet and why?
It can be anyone—from history, literature, your family—and either real or imagined.
[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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