Writing Competition

Celebrating Student Writing

 

inspired writingThe YES! National Student Writing Competition 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 exemplary writing.

Each quarter, students will have the opportunity to read and respond to designated YES! Magazine articles, using the same writing prompt to write a 700-word essay. One essay per age category is selected by YES! for being the most well-written and compelling, and for capturing the spirit of the article.  Read these model essays—some from the former YES! Exemplary Essay Project— in addition to responses from the articles' authors.

Learn how you and your students can participate in the YES! National Student Writing Competition.

"Letting Go of Worry" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Letting Go of Worry
by Jing Fong
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
Digital Empathy
by Jing Fong
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Restorative Justice
by Jing Fong
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Support for Veterans
by Jing Fong
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
Simple Living
by Jing Fong
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Genetically Modified Food
by Jing Fong
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
Seeing the Unseen
by Jing Fong
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
Your Dream House
by Jing Fong
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Eating Together
by Jing Fong
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
The Ethics of Hunting
by Jing Fong
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
Bridging Differences
by Jing Fong
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?
Your Unique Gifts
by Jing Fong
We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?
Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Learning that Matters
by Jing Fong
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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"Letting Go of Worry" Literary Gems
by Jing Fong
We received many powerful essays for the Winter 2015 Writing Competition. Though not every participant can win the contest, we'd like to share some excerpts that caught our eye.
Letting Go of Worry
by Jing Fong
What is one worry you’d like to throw away? What would you replace your worry with, and what would you—and possibly those around you— gain by not having that worry in your life?
About Student Writing Lessons from YES! Magazine
by Jing Fong
Use the YES! article, prompt, and sample essays in each writing lesson to bring the real world to your classroom—and to take your students’ writing to a new level.
Digital Empathy
by Jing Fong
What are some ways—digital or otherwise—that you get strength and support to fight world suck with awesome?
Restorative Justice
by Jing Fong
Do teachers and administrators at your school discipline students with dignity? Or with disrespect?
Support for Veterans
by Jing Fong
Whether or not you agree with war, how might you welcome a war veteran home and support his return to community life?
Simple Living
by Jing Fong
If you simplified your life, what things would you get rid of or use less?
Genetically Modified Food
by Jing Fong
Do genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food concern you?
Seeing the Unseen
by Jing Fong
What would happen if you deliberately spoke to or smiled at people you might usually ignore- cashiers, the homeless, or someone of a different ethnicity?
Your Dream House
by Jing Fong
If you could design your dream house, what would it look like?
Eating Together
by Jing Fong
Does it matter who you eat with and how often you eat together?
The Ethics of Hunting
by Jing Fong
Hunting is a complex issue and can evoke emotional arguments. Is hunting moral? Can it be done in a respectful, humane way?
Bridging Differences
by Jing Fong
How do you resolve differences you have with family members and friends?
Your Unique Gifts
by Jing Fong
We all have gifts worthy of sharing. What's your gift?
Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Learning that Matters
by Jing Fong
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
Winter 2015 National Student Writing Competition Winners
by Jing Fong
Want a motivator to take your students’ writing to a higher level? Here’s an opportunity for them to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.
"Digital Empathy" Middle School Winner Bowie Shreiber
by Bowie Shreiber
Bowie Shreiber is a student at Readington Middle School in Whitehouse Station, New Jersey. He read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Bowie's essay that tells how he was able to brave the excruciating world suck stress of baseball tryouts and find awesome.
"Digital Empathy" High School Winner Ally S.
by Ally S.
Ally S. is a student at a high school in northern Virginia. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Ally's essay that tells how she found the strength to cope with mental illness through the support of the same Nerdfighter online community.
"Digital Empathy" College Winner Shannon Hickey
by Shannon Hickey
Shannon Hickey, a student at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama, read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Shannon's essay about the solace and awesome she found on the Internet as a queer trans Catholic kid, and her desire to spread that acceptance to younger people experiencing suckiness.
"Digital Empathy" Powerful Voice Winner Tori Gardner
by Tori Gardner
Tori Gardner is a student at Shawnee Mission Horizons High School in Mission, Kansas. She read and responded to the YES! Magazine article, "The Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet," by Christopher Zumski Finke. Read Tori's essay that reveals the unexamined misogyny of the Internet, and what we can do to fight against it.