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March 2012 :: YES! National Student Writing Competition  

Dear Educators,

As you plan your spring curriculum, consider including the YES! National Student Writing Competition. Teachers tell us that the contest raises the quality of student writing and gives students the courage to share their stories and opinions. Students are motivated because they know that editors from a real magazine will review their work.

We run the YES! National Student Writing Competition three times a year—essentially each school quarter. This will be the last competition for the school year.

This spring, students will read and respond to the YES! article, “You Are Who You Eat With.” According to author Katherine Gustafson, we need to return to the family meal. Your students will have plenty to write about as they reflect on who they eat with and how important this is in their lives.

The deadline for registration is April 13. Essays must be submitted no later than May 18. See details below.

Hope you’ll join us!

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Student Writing Competition  

YES! National Student Writing Competition logo Motivate Student Writing, Meet Common Core Standards

The YES! National Student Writing Competition is an opportunity for middle school through university students to write for a real audience—not just you, the teacher—and the chance to be published by an award-winning magazine.

Each quarter, students are invited to read and write an essay on a selected YES! Magazine article. We divide contestants into four categories: middle school, high school, university, and Powerful Voice (for authors whose essays are powerful and passionate). Winning essays in each category are published on the YES! Magazine website.
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Family Dinner photo by Patrick Barber How to Enter the Spring 2012 Competition

  • You must be a classroom teacher—homeschool cooperatives and resource centers included—for your students to participate.
  • Register for the competition no later than April 13.
  • Have your students read the YES! article, “You Are Who You Eat With” by Katherine Gustafson. Katherine’s story is about why hectic times call for a return to the family meal, and how food can connect us to our families.
  • Your students should write an essay of up to 700 words answering the question, “Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?” This essay meets Common Core State Standards W.1, W.3 for Writing, and RI.1 for Reading: Informational Text.
  • Teachers may submit up to three student essays per classroom. Students may not independently enter their essays. Deadline for submission is May 18.

READ: You Are Who You Eat With »

LEARN: Competition details and how to sign up »

EXPLORE: Essays from previous competition winners »

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