From "President Joe Biden," a series of photos taken in Burlington when Biden's win was announced Nov. 7, by laurenm.


The Daily Read

Jan 20

An Election Reflection, Part II: On Patriotism in 2021

I watch the inauguration live on TV in my school library. The clouds literally parted in DC right when Lady Gaga started singing. I felt my heart pounding along with the beat of the "President's own Marine Corps band". When I was young, one of my first words was flag. I loved American history ( still do) and was very patriotic. These days, that feeling is harder to dig up the way it used to be. It's hard to feel patriotic especially during the difficult year we have had and especially during the weird pomp and display of the inauguration. I don't know, though, I guess for a moment there I was hopepful. Hopeful for our country and for the future and the new administration. Some say hope is a waste of time in this dystopian world of ours, but in that moment – in that moment – hope was all I had to go on.
Jan 19

Inaugural Poetry

[Photos: Toni L. Sandys, Washington Post: Kelia Anne, New York Times]
Did you see Amanda Gorman, 22, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, read her exquisite poem, “The Hill We Climb," at the inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris?
Jan 17

February Writing Salon!

Dec 14

Contest for Young Writers and Artists

[Photo credit: Kevin Huang, Burlington, VT, YWP Photo Archive]
Hey YWP! It could be a long winter, so let's have some fun! SUBMIT YOUR WRITING AND VISUAL ART TO THIS CONTEST CHALLENGE AND WIN BIG CASH PRIZES AND PUBLICATION! Branch Out Burlington! (BOB!), a volunteer group of local tree keepers, is partnering with YWP to sponsor this contest for young writers and artists to honor your favorite tree! Let your creative sap flow!
Dec 30

January Book: Black is the Body

The January Book Pick is "Black is the Body" by Emily Bernard. YWP's charvermont, who selected this month's book, says, "Black is the Body is a memoir of essays about Emily Bernard's life. They are beautifully written and made me think a lot." Emily Bernard teaches at the University of Vermont. Stop in any time to THE YWP BOOK CLUB to discuss this book or any book – new discoveries and old favorites.
Dec 27

Next Online Open Mic: Jan. 30

Oh Snap! Online open mic nights every month with hosts eyesofIris and Yellow Sweater!
Next one is Saturday, Jan. 30 at 7 PM EST! Sign up here.

Oh Snap! will be held the last Saturday night of each month through May! You must have a YWP account to participate. Sign up forms for your Zoom invitation will be on the site before each event. Signup is here.

Here are the upcoming dates; all events start at 7 PM EST:
Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021
Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021
Saturday, March 27, 2021
Saturday, April 24, 2021
Saturday, May 29, 2021
Jan 13

Line Break: The YWP Podcast

Hi, I'm Iris! (eyesofIris here on YWP.) Take a pause and listen to Line Break!
Nov 29

Reuben Jackson joins YWP Board

REUBEN JACKSON, poet, jazz archivist, and longtime mentor and friend of YWP, has joined the board of Young Writers Project! Reuben, a former host of VPR's Friday Night Jazz and a graduate of Goddard College, now lives in Washington, D.C. His most recent book of poetry, "Scattered Clouds," was published in 2019. In October 2019, Reuben was YWP's special guest at our celebration of the publication of Anthology 10. (Photo above). He will be leading an online poetry workshop for YWP in January! Watch the site for details.

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Dec 07
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Jan 21

New Day

[Photo: Washington Post front page, 1/22/2021]
President Joe Biden set to work immediately on Inauguration Day on climate change, immigration, the pandemic. New day in America? What do you think?
Aug 03


Begin or end a new piece with this line: “For the first time, I was beginning to understand what life is all about.” [Photo credit: Kevin Huang, YWP Photo Library]
Aug 07


Write about a character who has a secret, or about a secret you once held and later revealed. [Challenge created by Crescent_Moon; photo credit: Sai De Silva, Unsplash]
Jan 19


[Credit: Inauguration Day, Washington Post; US Capitol. Getty Images]
Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. Inauguration Day. President Joseph R. Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris promise a new day. "I know these are dark times but there’s always light," Biden said on the eve of his inauguration. Do you see a hint of that light today? Write about this moment in history as you see it.
Jan 13


[Photo New York Times]
Write to America – a letter, essay, poem, plea, song, whatever way you choose to share your thoughts about your country right now, today.
Nov 20

A Celebration of Trees!

[Photo credit: Kevin Huang, Burlington, VT, YWP Photo Archive]
CONTEST! Create an ode to a tree in writing or visual art. Close your eyes and think of a tree. Yes, just one tree. Is it the tree that you planted for your mother’s birthday? Or the one you like to climb? Have you buried secrets among its roots?
Jan 09

Line Break, Episode 29

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Dec 30


Jan 14

Tell Me A Story Contest

Writers, ages 15-18, are invited to participate in the 6th annual "Tell Me A Story" contest by Narrative Magazine. Details:
  • First place $500, second place $200, third $100. Plus publication on
  • The prompt: Escape. Write a poem (10-50 lines) that takes your audience on an escape that only you can write—in your unique voice.
  • Must be previously unpublished in print or online.
  • Submit work through your English teacher on contest submission page
  • Deadline: Feb. 4, 2021
Jan 13

Listen Up: Black Voices of Vermont

Black Voices of Vermont is a collaborative story-sharing project to amplify the stories of Black teenagers across the state. Kingdom County Productions, Centerpoint, and the Listen Up Project are seeking teens interested in sharing their experiences of being a Black person living in Vermont. Based on email questions, the interviews will be featured on various social media platforms during February, Black History Month, and beyond. If you're interested, contact director Shani Stoddard at [email protected].
Jan 12

Seeing & Disrupting Racism

Jan 18

Lincoln Essay Competition

Hildene, the Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, invites Vermont 8th graders to enter the annual Lincoln Essay Competition by responding to this prompt: Choose one issue that you think demonstrates how our nation either is or is not honoring the ideal that all people have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Give three examples to support your position. Suggest one step that could either further strengthen our course or get our nation back on track and explain why this step would be effective.  

First place: $500; second place: $400; third place: $300; and up to four honorable mentions of $200 each.
Deadline: Feb. 26, 2021
Contest application:
Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]