Weekly Challenges

YWP's Weekly Challenges: September 2023-June 2024

Need inspiration? YWP has a wide range of writing and visual art challenges for you every week during the school year. You can respond to any of the challenges any time, but to be considered for publication with our Vermont media partners, you'll want to meet the Friday deadlines posted on each challenge. All writing and visual art posted on the site this year – both responses to these challenges and general "Create" posts – will also be considered for publication in our monthly magazine, The Voice, and our annual anthology. Find out more in Publications


 

  • Visual Art

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    Soul

    If eyes are the window to the soul, draw or paint an eye with your interpretation of a human soul at its center. 

  • Writing

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    Courtroom

    Write a courtroom drama from the perspective of a judge, jury member, bailiff, or stenographer – someone involved in the story unfolding before them.

  • Writing

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    Rain

    End a poem, short prose piece, or nonfiction memory with someone dancing in the rain. What has allowed your character to enter such a state of pure joy?

  • Visual Art

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    Hand

    Draw or paint your hand as realistically as possible, paying special attention to your knuckles and joints, palm lines and veins, fingernails and cuticles: everything.

  • Writing

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    Park

    Set a short story in a dog park on a sunny spring day. Use a dog or a more unexpected animal as a central plot point, or for the meeting of two characters.

  • Writing

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    Well

    You come upon a wishing well. What kind of magic happens at the bottom of a wishing well?

  • Visual Art

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    Interpretation

    Right now, this very moment, how are you feeling? Making art of your emotions can be as literal or as abstract as you like, and is a great way to stay in touch with your feelings. Represent your mood on the page.

  • Writing

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    Unstuck

    In poetry or prose, write about someone who has long been stuck in an endless cycle and has finally managed to break free. Explore the contrasting emotions – first despair, then joy – felt by your character. 

  • Writing

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    SloMo

    Set the pace of a poem or short story in slow motion, with the crawling actions within the piece leading up to a final, anticipated outcome or resolution, good or bad.

  • Visual Art

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    Potatoes

    Come on, don’t be a couch potato! Get up off the couch and paint a couple of couch potatoes chilling out in their living room, or depict any other idiom you’re fond of.

  • Writing

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    Building

    Write a poem, story, or nonfiction piece about the demolition of a building you or others have grown attached to. What memories or people do you associate with the structure – and what does its destruction now symbolize? 

  • Writing

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    Cyclical

    Your physical characteristics change with the seasons … Take it away from here!