Contests

2018 Profile in Courage Essay Contest
It takes courage to stand up for your beliefs.  Some elected officials risk their careers to do what they believe is right for their community and country.  In Profiles in Courage, John F. Kennedy recounted the stories of eight US Senators who put the nation's interest above their own.  They were guided by integrity and conscience, not party pressure or fear of losing the next election.

Contest Topic
Describe and analyze an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917, the year of JFK's birth.

Profile in Courage Award Ceremony
Win an expense-paid trip to Boston and receive recognition at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum.

Special Awards
- First-place prize: $10,000
- Second-place prize: $1,000
- Five finalists: $500 each
- Eight honorable mentions: $100 each

Submission Deadline
January 4, 2018

Visit the Profile in Courage Essay Contest to learn more.

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Letters About Literature: 
Read. Be Inspired. Write Back.
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest for students in grades 4-12. 

Contest Topic:
Read a book, poem or speech and write to the author (living or dead) about how the book affected you personally.

Awards:
Winners will be divided into levels:
Level I: Grades 4-6
Level II: Grades 7-8
Level III: Grades 9-12
Within each level, one National Winner and two National Honors will be awarded. 

Submission Deadline:
Letter must be received by January 12, 2018. 

Visit the Letters About Literature site for more details.
Click here for past winners and submissions. 

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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.