Teens: Enter the writing contest for a chance to win prize money!

Youth Communication is sponsoring a writing contest for young people. Every three months, we will highlight five recent articles and ask readers to write a response to the author of a story. Tell them how you related to their story, what lessons you learned, or other ways the story impacted you. We will choose three winners with prizes of $150 (1st prize), $75 (2nd prize), and $50 (3rd prize.)

Contest Rules:

• You must be between the ages of 14 and 19.
• Letters should be no more than 300 words.
• You may respond to only one story.
• If you win, your letter will be published on our website. Tell us if you want it 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 and former YouthComm or Represent writers may not enter the writing contest.
• Previous winners may not enter the writing contest.
• Letters may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.

The stories for this winter’s contest are:

Coming Home to Harlem

How Gentrification Has Affected Me

Arriving, Finally, As My Chosen Name

What We Can Do to Honor the Loss of Tyre Nichols 

Finding and Trusting the Right Therapist

If you heard about this contest from a teacher or counselor please add their name and email address to your entry.

The deadline for submissions is September 12. Winners will be notified by September 28.

Read the winning letters from Spring 2023 here!

Any questions, contact [email protected].