Dec 15

Hildene Essay Contest

Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for 8th graders throughout Vermont.  

First place winners receive $1000, second place $750, third place $500, and honorable mentions $250.

The deadline for submissions is Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2018. This year’s topic:

This year's essay topic:
Describe a current or recent event in which the actions of the participant(s) may be viewed as patriotic by some and as unpatriotic by others.  Discuss the differing points of view.  What is your position and why?

Complete application packets (including guidelines and tips) can be downloaded:

Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]
Dec 05

Nov/Dec 2017 Issue

Nov 15

YWP Academy: Diving deep!

YWP Academy is a new, exciting feature on this site that will help you with your school work, allow you to "mess around" with genres and digital media that interest you and engage you to deeply explore important issues with youths around the country and world.

YWP has begun to pilot the workshops in the Academy with a small group of you. THANKS! The input -- and your experiences with these cool workshops -- has been invaluable. The Workshops being offered are fun, bite-sized exercises with feedback, live interaction with the instructor and a finished piece you can be proud of.
We are continuing to accept applications for this FREE pilot phase!


The pilot is simple: Anyone aged 12-19 is asked to take at least two Workshops and provide us feedback. The application process is easy - just tell us who you are, why you're interested and what you want to learn.
This begins November 7 and runs through December 31.

In exchange, we'll give you FREE year-long access to YWP Academy in 2017 (memberships are valued at $120 each). Questions? Send them to [email protected].
Feb 15

Now this makes you proud to be a writer, no?

UPDATE: YWP is in conversations with this group to invite the young writers and their mentors into our community! More soon.--gg
I came across this video made by a group of young writers in Chicago:

Oct 15

Vote For Me

Oct 15

Thank you!

Anthology 9 cover art: Neelie Markley
Big, big thank you to all the writers, photographers and artists who are published in Anthology 9 -- and your families and friends -- who joined us for the launch of this beautiful book last night! Maglianero's was packed. We counted 130 people squeezed into the cafe to celebrate and share the YWP spirit! If you missed the launch and want a copy of the anthology, please email Susan Reid: [email protected]. Thanks everyone!!
Oct 11

Writers Block

Is there any challenges I should do this month/year, I've hit a creative road block. So let me know if there is any challenges I should do. Thank You!
Sep 11

Please Donate

     Young Writers Project depends on your generosity to keep our work going. We are funded solely by individual donations and grants. Every gift is important to us, and every cent is spent in service of our mission.
Aug 28

National Student Poet for the Northeast!

Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, a longtime Young Writers Project writer and senior at Burlington High School, has been named National Student Poet for the Northeast! This is the nation's highest honor for youth poets presenting original work. Alexandra traveled to Washington, D.C. this week to accept the honor with four other young writers from across the country who represent their areas as National Student Poets. Alexandra, known on YWP as angelaweasley, was chosen from among thousands of award-winning poets for this honor. Throughout the year, Alexandra will serve as a literary ambassador in the Northeast. She will share her passion for poetry and literacy with community groups, including Young Writers Project, where she has offered to lead workshops for her fellow YWPers! We'll follow soon with details and dates!
Aug 18


Regenerative Design for Change Makers (RDCM) is coming to Burlington! Learn all about social permaculture and mindfulness with Abrah Dresdale and Jasmine Fuego on Aug. 22 at ArtsRiot, 400 Pine Street, and at a RDCM training at the Center for Whole Communities, 209 Battery St.,  Aug. 25 and 26. More info and to register:


MGMC at Maglianero's Tonight!



AUG.13 6:30-8:30 PM

Join Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, Kiran Waqar and Balkisa Omar for their final performance as MGMC before they leave for college. Suggested donation: $5 to support the Peace & Justice Center

Aug 06

Summer of Stories: Thank you!

Thanks to all participants in YWP's annual Summer of Stories writing challenges! And some of you are continuing on with the Short Story online workshop with YWP mentor Eliza -- keep going! If you have stories to tell, we want to read them! YWP goody bags are being prepared right now by the YWP elves to thank our most active SoSers! (Winners: We'll give you a heads up to watch for YWP chocolate bars and other good stuff arriving at your door soon!)
Aug 05

Weekly Writing Challenges 2018-19

These weekly challenges are created by YWP's young writers, summer interns and staff to inspire you to write! We hope you have fun with them! Two new challenges are scheduled each week with a Friday deadline and are sent to schools as part of our regular publication process in a dozen VT newspapers, on However, ANYONE from ANYWHERE can respond to these challenges and will be considered for publication, particularly in our digital magazines, The Voice, and The Crow on, as well as in our anthology of best work where there are no geographic restrictions. YWP also has a bank of daily writing challenges here and on the home page of this website.
Aug 02

YWP goes hiking

YWP is everywhere! A Young Writers Project board member was hiking on the John Muir Trail in California's Sierra Nevada mountains this summer when he spotted this YWP decal stuck on a bear barrel along the trail. Oh, and "before you ask," he said, "I have no idea what that fairy-like item is on the left side of the frame."
Jul 30

YWP Newsletter

Jul 29

Saturday, Sept. 8 at Clemmons Farm

Clemmons Family Farm & Young Writers Project present "To Sing of Common Things: The Voices of Young People in 2018"
Next event in the series: Sept. 8, 3-4:30 pm
Featured artists: Rivan Calderin & Asha Ganguly-Hickok
Location: Clemmons Family Farm, 2122 Greenbush Road, Charlotte, VT
Our partner, RETN (Regional Educational Television Network), filmed the first two events in the series featuring Muslim Girls Making Change. See them here: Hawa Adam & Balkisa Abdikadir; and Lena Ginawi & Kiran Waqar.
Jul 27

Poetry at the Flynn

Jul 22

YWP's new address!

Hi everyone! Just a reminder that Young Writers Project has moved upstairs at the Karma Birdhouse! We're on the second floor: 47 Maple Street, Suite 216, Burlington, VT! Come visit us! - The YWP crew
(Photo credit: aharkness02)
Jul 19

MGMC Accept NEA Award

Congratulations, Muslim Girls Making Change, recipients of the National Education Association's SuAnne Big Crow Memorial Award for promoting human and civil rights! MGMC -- Hawa Adam, Lena Ginawi, Balkisa Omar and Kiran Waqar -- travelled to Minneapolis this month to receive the award and to perform one of their most compelling pieces. MGMC got their start at a Young Writers Project slam two years ago and have been mentored by YWP coaches Rajnii Eddins and Denise Casey. Big, big congratulations to Hawa, Lena, Balkisa and Kiran from all of us at Young Writers Project!
[Video produced by Christine Cosenze, National Education Association]