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Represent Essay Contest
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Writing Contest Prizes
One Simple Wish
One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that makes wishes come true for children impacted by foster care, has generously offered to supplement the cash prizes for Represent’s writing contest. On top of our prizes of $150, $100, and $50, One Simple Wish will also give the winners “wish certificates” worth $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Wishes may be things like new shoes or clothing, tickets to an event or amusement park, sports equipment, or other fun extras. Winners can request their wish by e-mailing One Simple Wish at Wishes will be filled within 30 days of the request. To learn more about One Simple Wish, go to
Contest Rules:

  • You must be 21 or under to enter.
  • You may only enter the essay contest if you live in a group home, juvenile detention center, or with a foster family; or if you used to be in foster care. (Represent is a magazine written by and for young people in foster care.)
  • All essays 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 Represent or YCteen writers may not enter the essay contest.
  • Essays may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.

Contest Question #127
Deadline: Friday, March 4, 2016

Invent a holiday that has everything you want in a holiday. What would it celebrate and who would celebrate it? What would people do on that day—any rituals or music or traditions? What day of the year would it be on and why?
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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, phone number, and foster care agency (if applicable) clearly on your entry.

Mail: Represent, 242 W. 38th St., 6th floor, New York, NY 10018
Fax: 212-279-8856

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