From "In Grandma's Garden" by Crescent_Moon, one of the Photo Contest prize-winners. Submit your photos and art for publication here and in The Voice.


Announcing ...

Aug 12

Contest Winners: Summer 2020!

CONGRATULATIONS to the winners of the Summer 2020 Writing and Photo Contest! Cash prizes are on their way! Watch for publication in the September issue of The Voice. Thank you to all writers and artists who participated in the contest – our judges were blown away by the quality of your work!

(Prize-winners shown in sequence above)
First: Beautiful World by Cloudkitty
Second: Soar by Ice Blink
Third: In Grandma's Garden by Crescent_Moon

Honorable Mentions
Mossy World by EverlastingWaves
My Weekend Camping Photos by PDubuque
2 Hours Later by laurenm


First: The Daughter of a Weaver by QueenofDawn
Second: Paint-Soaked Dreams by dogpoet
Third: Billy Collins by eyesofIris

Honorable Mentions:
Bread and Butter by Yellow Sweater
Braving the Storm by Alessandra G.
Hang in There by NiñaEstrella


First: The Curmudgeonly Frog by Yellow Sweater
Second: It Is a Good, Good Body by fire girl
Third: Rising Waves by amaryllis

Honorable Mentions
Me, The Most Successful Immigrant by JhermayneU
Puzzle Pieces by dogpoet
Note to People with Differing Opinions from Mine by Doctor Who

Aug 19


The COMMUNITY JOURNALISM PROJECT (CJP), entering its second year in the 2020-21 school year, offers writing and photo challenges (including multiple challenges on documenting the COVID-19 pandemic), journalism skills-building, workshops, and publication throughout the school year. Watch the site for updates on Year 2 of CJP's challenges, workshops and publication opportunities. This project is for students and teachers, inside and outside of the classroom. Find out more in this SPECIAL ISSUE OF THE VOICE! And a big THANK YOU to our donors!

Thanks for all your support!

Dec 07
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Aug 14

New zine! Say It In Color

"Hey yall I started a zine called Say It In Color that gives BIPOC a platform to speak up about current issues.
SUBMISSIONS OPEN FOR ISSUE ONE!! Please send fiction, nonfiction and art/photos to [email protected] with a brief bio written in third person.
Check out the website:
May 16

Summer of Stories-2020

[Illustration by Autumn Larocque, Danville School]
Join us for YWP's annual Summer of Stories. New challenges each week. Stay connected with the YWP community all summer long!
Aug 08


[Photo credit: Graceful, YWP Media Library]
When a writer skimps on a character’s physical description, it can be difficult for the reader to picture them in the mind’s eye. That in turn causes distraction, confusion, and an inability to fully connect to the story. With their permission, take – and post on your YWP blog – a photo of a family member, friend, neighbor, or pet that aims to capture their essence, and write a couple of paragraphs, describing them in vivid detail.
Aug 08


[Photo credit: Crescent_Moon, YWP]
What is your perfect summer day? Pandemic aside, walk us through the sights and sounds of perfection – for you. Where do you go? What do you do? Who, if anyone, is there with you? Tell the story in words or images or both!
Aug 07


What is the most “useless” talent you can imagine someone having? For example, double-jointed thumbs, speedy knot disentanglement, or exotic cat breed identification. Write a short story about a character who finds the chance to use their special ability to solve a problem or even save the day. [Photo credit: Aaron Thomas, Unsplash]
Aug 08

Line Break, Episode 19

Hi everyone! This week I spoke with Treblemaker about her poem, "Four AM," taking inspiration from our dreams, sneezes, writing at night versus during the day, the nostalgia of old journals and dolls, and books that have shaped us as writers. 
I hope you enjoy!


Audio download:

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