Writing Competition

Celebrating Student Writing

 

inspired writingThe YES! Exemplary Essay Project demonstrates how teachers can use YES! Magazine stories as the basis for thought-provoking writing. It also gives students an opportunity to voice their opinions and show off their stellar writing.

Learn how to participate in the YES! Exemplary Essay Project.

Spring 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Gender Pronouns
Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for a bigger audience beyond the classroom.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Middle School Winner Alex Gerber
Read Alex's essay, "A New Design for Language," about the social and grammatical limits of gender-neutral pronouns—and how to get beyond them. Alex responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" High School Winner Ella Martinez
Read Ella's essay, "Language is a Many-Gendered Thing," about the challenges of using gender-neutral pronouns in a Puerto Rican American family. Ella responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" University Winner Avery Hunt
Read Avery's essay, "Existing Openly Is Half the Battle," about being the token nonbinary person at college while still learning about their own gender. Avery responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Toby Greybear
Read Toby's essay, "The Thoughts and Struggle of a Two Spirit," about embracing a new gender identity—and rediscovering a tradition. This essay was in response to the YES! artricle, "'They' and The Emotional Weight of Words," by Cole of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Madeleine Wise
Read Madeleine's essay, "The Right to Be a Little Bit Rude," about overcoming the discomfort of correcting people who use the wrong gender pronouns. Madeleine responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Powerful Voice Winner Joanne Yang
Read Joanne's essay, "The Jintas of Conservative Korean Culture," about how words should never be allowed to limit who we are. Joanne responded to the YES! article, "'They' and the Emotional Weight," by Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project.
Spring 2017: "Gender Pronouns" Literary Gems
Cole's Response to "Gender Pronouns" Essay Winners
Cole, founder of the Brown Boi Project, responds to the winners of our Spring 2017 National Student Writing Competition.
Winter 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Your Sacred Place
Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for a bigger audience beyond the classroom.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Middle School Winner Isabel Hardwig
Read Isabel's essay, "The Bullfighter," about querencias—and the trampoline where she draws strength.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" High School Winner Imogen Rain Cockrum
Read Imogen's essay, "Half of Who I Am," about her mother's war-torn, crayola-bright hometown in El Salvador.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" University Winner Valerie Hoffman
Read Valerie's essay, "My Dressing Room," about the office space at school that gives her the privacy and freedom to be herself.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Powerful Voice Winner Saef-Aldeen Elbgal
Read Saef's essay, "Standing Up for My Mosque," about the precious guidance he receives from the Oakland Islamic Center—and his plans to protect it.
Winter 2017: "Your Sacred Place" Powerful Voice Winner Mara Peruzzi
Read Mara's essay, "Candelight," about how meditative drawing helps her cope with misophonia, a disorder that causes the hatred of specific sounds.