Parental Permission Form

  • Ages 13-18: Young Writers Project (YWP) is an online community of teen writers and artists. If you are 13-18 years of age, using your own personal email and submitting work independent of school, no parental permission form is required to sign up for an account. *New to YWP this year: Students of all ages using school accounts, networks, devices, or submitting work to YWP on school time must have a parental permission form completed to ensure their school is in compliance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • Youth who are 12 may also sign up for an account with parental permission to: join to post original work and exchange feedback; and to have work published with real names in print, broadcast, and online media. 
  • Youth younger than 12 cannot sign up for their own accounts, but may submit work to YWP through their teachers. Parental permission forms are also required in this case.
  • Teachers: See the "For Teachers" page for information. YWP respectfully asks that teachers collect and retain parental permission forms for their students.

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ABOUT YWP ACCOUNTS: Youth who sign up on should choose a username that does not reveal their identity. When signing up, each youth must provide YWP their full name, birthdate, address, phone number, active personal email address, and school. YWP verifies this information before approving an application to ensure safety. All personal information must be accurate for the youth’s account to be approved. YWP does not share a youth’s street address, email address or phone number. If a youth’s piece is selected for publication, YWP reserves the right to publish the piece with the user’s real name, age, and town with our media partners and YWP publications, including our annual anthology, and digital magazine, The Voice. Writing may be edited for spelling, grammar, and clarity before publication. 

The YWP community is remarkably civil and respectful. We regularly monitor the site, and every effort is made to ensure that all users’ experiences are positive. It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to make sure their children use the site in a responsible manner, do not respond to unusual requests, and exercise common sense to ensure their own safety, including not publicly revealing personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.