Writing Competition

Celebrating Student Writing

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Fall 2014

Fall 2014 Writing Competition Essay Winners read and responded to Christopher Zumski Finke's YES! article, "How the Real Teens Behind 'The Fault in Our Stars' Are Bringing Empathy to the Internet."

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Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Learning that Matters

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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Winter 2015 National Student Writing Competition Winners

Winter 2015 essay competition winners read and responded to Akaya Windwood's article "Life After Worry."

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Student Writing Lessons

Our ready-to-go writing lessons connect students with real-world issues, and invite them to reflect on their values and personal experiences. Based on the YES! National Student Writing Competition, each lesson includes a YES! article, writing prompt, and essay samples.

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Spring 2015 National Student Writing Competition Winners

Spring 2015 essay competition winners read and responded to YES! Magazine's interview with Curtis Acosta, "When This Teacher’s Ethnic Studies Classes Were Banned, His Students Took the District to Court—and Won"

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About the YES! National Student Writing Competition

The YES! National Student Writing Competition is a quarterly writing opportunity to respond to a thought-provoking YES! article and writing prompt. Students not only write for a real audience and boost their writing to a higher level—they also have the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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Fall 2015 National Student Writing Competition: Justice for All

Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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Winter 2016 National Student Writing Competition: Every Girl's Right

Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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Spring 2016 National Student Writing Competition: What We Fear

Want a motivator to take your students' writing to a higher level? Here's an opportunity to write for a real audience, and the chance to get published by an award-winning magazine.

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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.

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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.

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Fall 2017 National Student Writing Competition: Standing Up for Our Neighbors

Want to inspire your students to write? Here's an opportunity to write about something meaningful and for an audience beyond the classroom.

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Spring 2018 National Student Writing Competition: Letters of Hope

For the 2018 spring writing competition, students will write a letter to someone they look up to, describing a future they imagine and hope for our country.

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Fall 2018 National Student Writing Competition: Feeding Ourselves, Feeding our Revolutions

Want to inspire your students to write? Here's an opportunity to write for an audience beyond the classroom about what food they would cook if they were to host a potluck or dinner to discuss a challenge facing their community or country.

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