The YES! National Student Writing Competition
The YES! National Student Writing Contest 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. Students read and write an essay on a selected YES! Magazine article and winning essays in each category are published on the YES! Magazine website and in our online education newsletter.
Unfortunately, we will not be hosting the YES! National Student Writing Contest in the fall of 2020. Explore our Student Writing Lessons for writing prompts and example essays from past contests that you can use in the classroom.
Read the Winning Essays from Recent Contests
Spring 2020 Student Writing Contest: Your Wildest Dreams for 2020
Fall 2019 Student Writing Contest: Honoring Your Roots
Spring 2019 Student Writing Contest: What Matters Most in Life
Winter 2019 Student Writing Contest: Immigration and Unjust Assumptions
Fall 2018 Student Writing Contest: The Power of Food to Spark Social Change