May 21

Summer of Stories 2022: Contest

THE CONTEST: Summer of Stories 2022
Tell us a story – in words or images

Respond to the prompts in the Writing and Visual Art categories – as often as you like! Win cash prizes and get published! To submit your work, click on the prompt, hit "Respond," and a new blog form will pop up. Fill in the title, category, and post your submission, and remember to save. Contest is open until Aug. 15.
  1. Writing 2022: Let your imagination run free! Let the words flow! Write about anything in any genre – poetry or prose, fiction or nonfiction.
  2. Visual Art 2022: Go outside and explore. Create visual art that reflects the world around you. Experiment with en plein air painting. Take photographs. Try sketching what you see. Choose any medium that inspires you. Submit your work individually or in multiples. 
PRIZES in Each Category:
1st place (GOLD) in each category: $150
2nd place (SILVER) in each category: $100
3rd place (BRONZE) in each category: $75
PUBLICATION in The Voice, September 2022 issue

DEADLINE: Monday, August 15, 2022

  • Must be your own original work and not published elsewhere
  • Must have a YWP account 
  • No word limit
  • No limit to the number of times you submit work
  • No limit on your imagination! Any genre, any medium.
Questions? Contact Susan Reid, YWP Executive Director, [email protected]
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The Real Price of the Uvalde Massacre

When the children of America go to school,

We expect them to come back.

We expect them to run up from the bus stop,

Keychains jingling,

Mouth filled with stories about their day.
What we do not expect

Is a phone call.

“Our deepest condolences- 

your child has passed from this earth.”

No words

Ode To Arms

Oh my dear Arms, thank you for all that you have done for me.

You are the ones that lift 100 pound weights as I (totally) work out at the gym. 

You are the ones that do all the hard work of hauling my backpack full of heavy books onto my shoulder.

You are the ones that are sadly forced to suffer through pushups and burpees.



Growing Old Together

The day has been too long. What day is it even? I have lost track of the days. Has it


I scratch the white picket fence while I 
wait for him. I count the seconds 
between my heartbeats 
as my eyes scan over rolling hills 
trying to pick up the sputtering of an
engine. I belong to a dream, 
where the crumbling farm down the road bears 
no mind to the roars of change 
lying beyond the waves of silence in this small town. 

Revolutionary Responses by Emma Okaty

Abigail and John Adams were both exquisite writers and impactful leaders in Early America. They wrote back and forth often, both looking to each other for support and advice. Abigail Adams has a greater influence over the structure of the nation than one may think. In fact, she often included early ideas about the expansion of women’s rights and expanding education to a greater degree.

Spirit-Filled Sonnetts: Examining Native American Poetry

Native American poetry teaches about culture, values, connection, and spirituality. This specific post analyzes Native American poems and how they approach the topic of spirituality and what it means to them. Bedagi also known as Big Thunder’s unnamed poem quotes: “The Great Spirit is in all things: He is in the air we breathe. The Great Spirit is our father, but the Earth is our Mother.

Summer Haze

Summer stretches my skyline into strands,
A cut cloth of breeze scrubbing against me,
Rain no longer clinging a cold hug and the
Drawn-out reflections of Sun hitting windows

Like rays seeping through the cracks of my
Precious compulsions until the breaking comes.
I can’t cry for this or the damp evaporation.
I rest my head in summer shower now cold,