“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen
can change the world”
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.
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.”
For more information about Write the World and this contest, visit their website: