Contests



Teen Ink sponsors many contests appealing to a variety of interests:

Teen Ink Cover Art Photo Contest
Get one of your photos on the cover of a national magazine.

What you need to do: take a picture of you and/or your friends at home, school or just hanging out.

What you can submit: as many photos of you and your friends you'd like with an explanation of where you are, what you're doing and why your photo is special to you for each photo submitted.

When you need to have it in: there are no deadlines; photos are accepted and published throughout the year (but if it has a holiday theme, it is best to send in a few months early).

What you will be judged on: basic composition of the photo, including how clear, colorful and close-up it is.

What you could win: besides national exposure, a copy of Teen Ink featuring your photo and the selection of Teen Ink merchandise.

View contest details and the submission mailing address here.

Teen Ink Environment Contest
Got a plan to save the world?

What you need to do: share your ideas to solve a current problem facing the planet.

What you can submit: an original essay between 150 and 1,000 words.

When you need to have it in: there are no deadlines; essays are accepted throughout the year.

What you will be judged on: original ideas and presentation.

What you could win: publication in Teen Ink (in print and online) and the selection of Teen Ink merchandise.

View contest details and submission ideas here.

Teen Ink Interview Contest
Win the opportunity to interview a celebrity!

What you need to do: interview someone who interests you (a grandparent or neighbor) with thought provoking questions.

What you can submit: an interview in question and answer format between 500 and 2,500 words.

When you need to have it in: there are no deadlines, interviews are published in the magazine throughout the year.

What you will be judged on:  thought provoking and interesting questions, accurate quotations, and length.

What you could win: the opportunity to interview a celebrity.

For complete contest details click here and for interview writing tips click here.


Teen Ink Non Fiction Contest
Write about something you know and get published

What you need to do: write a fabulous, memorable piece of non-fiction.

What you can submit: original entries of all kind are accepted: serious, funny, long or short.

When you need to have it in: there are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year.

What you will be judged on: originality and topic of work.

What you could win: publication of your writing (in print and online), a copy of Teen Ink magazine in which your writing is featured, a pen and pad and the opportunity to choose from Teen Ink merchandise.

For complete contest details click here.

Teen Ink Poetry Contest
Do verses just run through your head? Write 'em down and send 'em in!

What you need to do: write down your best poem (s).

What you need to submit: original entries of all kind are accepted.

When you need to have it in: there are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year.

What you will be judged on: originality.

What you could win: publication of your poem (in print and online), a copy of Teen Ink magazine in which your work is printed, a pen and pad, and the opportunity to select Teen Ink merchandise.

For more contest details click here.