Dec 15

Hildene Essay Contest

Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for 8th graders throughout Vermont.  

First place winners receive $1000, second place $750, third place $500, and honorable mentions $250.

The deadline for submissions is Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2018. This year’s topic:

This year's essay topic:
Describe a current or recent event in which the actions of the participant(s) may be viewed as patriotic by some and as unpatriotic by others.  Discuss the differing points of view.  What is your position and why?

Complete application packets (including guidelines and tips) can be downloaded:

Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]
Dec 05

Nov/Dec 2017 Issue

Nov 15

YWP Academy: Diving deep!

YWP Academy is a new, exciting feature on this site that will help you with your school work, allow you to "mess around" with genres and digital media that interest you and engage you to deeply explore important issues with youths around the country and world.

YWP has begun to pilot the workshops in the Academy with a small group of you. THANKS! The input -- and your experiences with these cool workshops -- has been invaluable. The Workshops being offered are fun, bite-sized exercises with feedback, live interaction with the instructor and a finished piece you can be proud of.
We are continuing to accept applications for this FREE pilot phase!


The pilot is simple: Anyone aged 12-19 is asked to take at least two Workshops and provide us feedback. The application process is easy - just tell us who you are, why you're interested and what you want to learn.
This begins November 7 and runs through December 31.

In exchange, we'll give you FREE year-long access to YWP Academy in 2017 (memberships are valued at $120 each). Questions? Send them to [email protected].
Feb 15

Now this makes you proud to be a writer, no?

UPDATE: YWP is in conversations with this group to invite the young writers and their mentors into our community! More soon.--gg
I came across this video made by a group of young writers in Chicago:

Jan 13

Writing Contest!

YWP's Community Journalism Project is holding a nonfiction writing contest! Cash prizes and publication in The Voice and with our media partners! First prize: $150. Second prize: $75. Third prize: $50. Deadline: Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Write about YOU and the issues that matter to you. Respond to one or all three challenges – as often as you like. Each challenge includes suggestions. These are intended only to get you started – not to limit or restrain your individual voice.
Jan 09

Sam Aikman wins national contest!

CONGRATULATIONS TO YWP's SAM AIKMAN! Sam is the winner of the Academy of American Poets' 2020 National Poetry Month Poster Contest for Students for her art incorporating a line from the poem “Remember” by U. S. Poet Laureate Joy Harjo: “Remember all is in motion, is growing, is you.” See news release here!
Jan 05

Call to writers: Need an illustrator?

Jan 01

CJP, recently

Every month, in The Voice and in newspapers around Vermont, Young Writers Project highlights the writing, photos, and art that are responses to the Community Journalism Project (CJP), a YWP project that inspires and shares your voices on the big issues of the day.
Dec 11

Greta! Person of the Year

Greta Thunberg, 16, the Swedish environmental activist who has inspired people around the world to fight climate change and demand action, is Time magazine's Person of the Year, the youngest ever to receive the honor. Read the story in the Washington Post.
Dec 01

Art from the Archive

Art by Erin Bundock, YWP alumna
Nov 22

YWP Book Club: January Read!

Nov 12

Winter Tales!

WINTER TALES RUNS THROUGH SUNDAY! Congratulations to the YWP writers who were selected by Vermont Stage for this year's Winter Tales! Vermont Stage will present the writers' work at seven different performances at Main Street Landing's Black Box Theatre, Burlington, from Dec. 11-15. Read on to see the winning submissions and the dates of their performances. All writers will receive two complimentary tickets to Winter Tales. Interested in Winter Tales? Find out more here and buy tickets!

Winter Tales 2019
Presented by Vermont Stage, Main Street Landing, Burlington, VT
Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019 at 7:30pm
By Chase Ehrlich
Age 13
Montpelier, VT

Nov 12

YWP writer publishes book of poetry

Congratulations to YWP writer and photographer Anna Wahlin on the publication of her book of poetry, Touching the Dusty Sky, now available on Amazon. Check it out here:

Anna wrote to YWP to say: "After maybe 3 or 4 months I have finally published my poetry book! It is currently on Amazon as an ebook .... I put a shout-out to YWP because I would have never become a writer without you guys, so thank you so much! This means so much to me."
Nov 02

Remember photo

Oct 29

The Voice is coming Friday!

The November issue of The Voice is ready to launch. Congratulations to these YWPers who will be published in the new issue. Look for it here on Friday, Nov. 1! 
WRITERS: BabyPoto, BloodMoon825, cmhemingwa, dakoval, Eloise Silver Van Meter, eyesofIris, Fiona Ella, fire girl, Graceful, Ice Blink, Inkpaw, It's the cat, Lady Midnight, Marina2020, millern1, Zander Clark
ARTISTS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS: cedar, 15hensandarooster, Inkpaw, knmarcot, lemondaydreams, Leviahthan, Love to write, Nathaniel Steele
Oct 29

Williston Poetry Slam

Young poets are invited to the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library in Williston for a friendly, creative competition at a student poetry slam on Nov. 20! Students in grades K-12 are invited to enter and read up to two original poems per themed category: nature (including animals), short epic (adventure poems), personal (experience or story), and poet’s choice (miscellaneous). Competition will be judged by a panel of local writers with prize winners of different age groups chosen in each category. All poems must be original and each poem may not exceed 3 minutes in length. Free event. Official entry of poems at event. Wednesday, November 20th at 5:30 PM at the Dorothy Alling Memorial Library. Please pre-register by calling the library (802-878-4918).
Oct 28


Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash


Q: How do I get started?

A: Sign up for an account, fill out all the little info boxes so we know you're real, not a bot, and so we can contact you about publication, events, etc. Pick a username that you would like to see as your anonymous nom de plume, something other than your real name. If you are under 13, you will need parental permission for your account to be approved. Once your account is approved, you can begin submitting posts to your own blog, write to the challenges or go your own way and write anything you like, submit photos, art, video, audio. You can also comment on other writers' work and sprout from their stories. It's a community, and it's really fun!
Oct 24

Poetry and Politics

Camonghne Felix, a poet, works in communications for Senator Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign. CreditAstrid Stawiarz/Getty Images
Here's a great piece in the New York Times about poetry's relevance in our political dialogue: Elizabeth Warren Has a Poet on Her Team.