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Contest Submission: We'd like to hear from you. To submit your contest entry, please fill out the following information, type in your letter, and press the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the page. Make sure to type in your COMPLETE address and school information, so we know where to mail your check if you win.

First, second, and third place winners will receive a check and have their letters published in the next issue and on our website!

February 2, 2018
Make Your Voice Heard!
Do you have a strong feeling about an article you read in the current issue of YCteen? We'd like to hear about it.

YCteen is written by a staff of teen writers who work in our New York City newsroom. But writing is a form of conversation, and we want you to join in.

We invite you to submit letter to the writer, responding to their story. This is an opportunity to express your opinion or present your own point of view on a story you've read

Start your letter with "Dear [writer's name]" and reference the article by the title. End it with "Sincerely" and your name, address, high school, and age.

Here are some prompts to inspire you:
  • What stood out to you about the story you chose?
  • Can you relate to what the writer experienced? How is your own experience similar, or different?
  • If you disagree with the writer, explain why you think differently or how you might have handled the situation.
  • Did the story change your opinion or influence your actions?
  • Are there aspects that the writer has not considered?
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