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YCteen Writing Contest
YCteen Writing Contest #243
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Writing Contest Prizes
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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!

April 24, 2018
Make Your Voice Heard!
Do you have a strong feeling about an article you read in 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?

What Do You Think About the
Florida Teen Activists?

After the Valentine's Day shooting at a Florida high school left 17 people dead, many survivors have become public activists for nationwide changes on gun control. Students are passionately speaking out to local and national leaders about making schools safer for everyone by restricting access to guns.

Together, they have formed the #NeverAgain movement to challenge the NRA's opposition to gun control laws. For this issue's Writing Contest, in addition to your letters to our writers, we are accepting letters in which you tell us what these students' actions mean to you. Are you inspired by the power of youth voices? Do you agree with the Florida high school students that gun access should be restricted? Tell us—and make your voice heard!

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