CONTEST: Raise Your Voice

September 21, 2018


 “One child, one teacher, one book, one pen

can change the world”


-Malala Yousafzai

the Pakistani teenager who fought to bring education to girls in Pakistan. 



Write The World Literary Journal is a new magazine written exclusively by young people. They offer month writing contests and challenges for writers who are ages 13-18. 


This month's writing challenge is: 


Personal Essay Competition: Making Change

Narrative - Raise Your Voice


In a personal narrative essay, write your own story of change—how you’re making it, experiencing it, or dreaming about it. You can write about a time when you effected change in your community, or about a change you would like to bring about in the future. Or perhaps you can write about how promoting change has shaped your sense of self, or altered your outlook on life.


MAKE CHANGE THE HEART OF YOUR NARRATIVE. Throughout the writing process, revisit these questions:

  • What is the definition of “change” in my piece?

  • How has this experience of positive change (or desire for change) influenced my perspective on my life? My community? The world at large?

  • What have I learned from change? What could it teach me in the future?

You may not answer these questions directly in your final piece, but thinking about these questions will infuse your writing with significance.





Limited to writers ages 13-18

Length should be 500-1,000 words


Entries will be judged by Joey Bartolomeo,

Executive Editor, SEVENTEEN magazine. 




First place price is $100. 

Runner-Up and Best Peer Review receives $50. 

All winners will be featured in their blog with comments by the judge. 


Key Dates  

September 18:    Competition Opens   
October 2:           Submit draft for Expert Review

                            (Optional. We will review the first 100 drafts submitted.)       
October 9:           Reviews returned to Writers   
October 30:         Final Submissions Due 
February 2019:   Winners Announced  



I raise my voice not so that I can shout, but so that those without a voice can be heard.”


-Malala Yousafzai



For more information about Write the World and this contest, visit their website:



Happy Writing! 






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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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