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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 anonymously—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: Saturday, October 3, 2015
How was your transition into high school? Making a successful transition from middle school to high school can be tough. What was your most difficult challenge—adjusting to harder schoolwork? Making new friends? Family issues? Tell us about a challenge you faced, how you managed it, and how it affected your ability to succeed in high school.
[click here to enter online]


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]
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.

Mail: YCteen, 224 W. 29th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001
Fax: 212-279-8856
Email: ycteenmail@youthcomm.org

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