Tuesday 24 June 2014

Represent Essay Contest - Deadline: Friday, August 8, 2014

One Simple Wish, a nonprofit that makes wishes come true for children impacted by foster care, has generously offered to supplement the cash prizes for Represent’s writing contest. On top of our prizes of $150, $100, and $50, One Simple Wish will also give the winners “wish certificates” worth $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.

Wishes may be things like new shoes or clothing, tickets to an event or amusement park, sports equipment, or other fun extras. Winners can request their wish by e-mailing One Simple Wish at sarah@onesimplewish.org. Wishes will be filled within 30 days of the request. To learn more about One Simple Wish, go to onesimplewish.org.
Contest Rules:

You must be 21 or under to enter.
You may only enter the essay contest if you live in a group home, juvenile detention center, or with a foster family; or if you used to be in foster care. (Represent is a magazine written by and for young people in foster care.)
All essays must be true stories written by you. This is a non-fiction essay contest; fictional entries or plagiarized entries will be disqualified and you will not be allowed to enter our contest again.
If you win, your story will be published on our website and in our print issue. Tell us if you want your story to be printed anonymously—but you should still type in your full name and complete address so we know where to mail your check if you win.
Current Represent or YCteen writers may not enter the essay contest.
Essays may be edited by Youth Communication editors for brevity and clarity. All entries become property of Youth Communication.

Contest Question #121
Deadline: Friday, August 8, 2014 Love is perhaps the most misunderstood word in the English language, though most people agree that it ideally connects people and enriches your life. Describe a time when you felt truly loved—this can be romantic love or family love or friendship love or any other bond. What specifically was it that made you think "This is being loved" and did you come away with new knowledge on how to get love and how to love others?
[click here to enter online]
You may also submit your essay by mail, fax, or email. Please print your first and last name, your email address, school, home address, age, phone number, and foster care agency (if applicable) clearly on your entry.

Mail: Represent, 224 W. 29th St., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001

Fax: 212-279-8856

Email: representmail@youthcomm.org

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