Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to guide us to a more just America. Respond to his message of love and equality (Strength to Love, 1963) as it relates to America in 2020.


The Daily Read

Jan 18


Sure, we're not the best team.
In fact, this was our first win this season
But we won anyway.
That was us 
WE scored those points
WE made those awesome plays
WE worked our butts off. 
Yeah, that was US!
WE had the confidence 
WE worked perfectly together 
WE had the strength to go for it.
We won anyway.
SO WHAT if we aren't perfect 
SO WHAT if weren't right every time 
SO WHAT if the odds were against us.
That was us.
We won anyway. 


Jan 09

Sam Aikman wins national contest!

CONGRATULATIONS TO YWP's SAM AIKMAN! Sam is the winner of the Academy of American Poets' 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students for her art incorporating a line from the poem “Remember” by U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: “Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.” See news release here!
Jan 05

Call to writers: Need an illustrator?

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Community Leaders 2019-20

Photo by Kevin Huang, YWP Archive

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YWP News

Jan 13

Writing Contest!

YWP's Community Journalism Project is holding a nonfiction writing contest! Cash prizes and publication in The Voice and with our media partners! First prize: $150. Second prize: $75. Third prize: $50. Deadline: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Write about YOU and the issues that matter to you. Respond to one or all three challenges – as often as you like. Each challenge includes suggestions. These are intended only to get you started – not to limit or restrain your individual voice.

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Jul 23


Imagine for a moment, if you can, that our society was without speech. Using inspiration from dance or pantomime, write a story or poem about a “conversation” between two people expressed solely through the movements of face or body.
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Jan 17


Civil Rights Leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sought to guide us to a more just America. Respond to Dr. King's message of love and equality as it relates to America in 2020: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that." (Strength to Love, 1963)
Jul 23


These days, especially, the everyday potential for miscommunication is high. Write a humorous piece about a major misunderstanding that occurs over text or email, and include the moment both parties realize their error.
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Jul 30

Community Leaders' Newsletter

Nov 22

YWP Book Club: January Read!

Jan 03

Create a play!