Challenges

YWP’s hub of inspiration: All our challenges are here!

Weekly

  • Visual Art

    Deadline

    Mirage

    You’ve wandered off-trail on a hike out into the desert and lost your way. Up ahead, in the baking heat, it’s surely a mirage, but … Create the shimmering, heavenlike oasis you would like to come upon.

  • Writing

    Deadline

    Jam

    Write about someone – passenger or driver – stuck in an hours-long traffic jam. Where are they? Do they get up, get out, explore? Get into trouble? 

  • Writing

    Deadline

    Op-ed

    Write an opinion piece based on a current news story. Take a side and make a persuasive argument. Try to keep it tight, writing only 3-4 paragraphs.

Opinion & Commentary

  • Writing

    Create a Challenge

    Help YWP create inspiring challenges for writing or visual art. Think about what makes an interesting prompt and share your idea with us! 

  • Writing

    Cellphones

    Some schools across the U.S. are banning cellphones, not just limiting their use. State legislatures, including Vermont, Kansas, and Oklahoma, are considering "phone-free schools" legislation. How would a cellphone ban at school affect your life?

  • Writing

    Summertime

    Vermont Writers: Seven Days and its magazine Kids VT are looking for poems or short stories with a summer theme to publish in an upcoming issue. Deadline: May 21, 2024

Great Artists

  • Visual Art

    Petrit Halilaj

    Petrit Halilaj's dramatic sculptures relay stories of Kosovo based on the school desk doodles of generations of children, including those who lived through years of war.

  • Visual Art

    Mark Bradford

    From hair stylist in his mom's beauty salon in Los Angeles to world-renowned artist, Mark Bradford explores issues of class, race, and gender through his art.

  • Visual Art

    David Hockney

    This British-born artist's work was profoundly influenced by the aesthetic and intense light of his adopted Los Angeles home.

Great Writers

  • Writing

    Alice Munro

    Alice Munro (1931-2024) was a beloved Canadian short story writer and Nobel Prize laureate. Read an Alice Munro story, and you'll understand why she is considered "our Chekhov."