Youth Essay Contest


There’s a chance to snag a $100 reward and have your work reveiwed by professional writers, check it out:

“The Sound of Young America”
ESSAY CONTEST Sponsored by
Invites 10- to 18-year-olds to write essays on their American experience. is inviting youth aged 10 to 18 to share their ideas in a summer essay contest to be featured on their on-line magazine when it launches this Fall. Submissions will be judged by professional writers from the DC Metropolitan Area including journalists for the Washington Post and Black Entertainment Television (BET). Three winners will have their essays published on in September, and receive a $100 award.

Expand this post for details on the essay contest and also how you can have an article featured on their site.

Teens and tweens, ages 10 to 18, are invited to answer one of the following four questions:
• What would you like the next American President to understand about your life, or the lives of people your age, when making decisions or taking actions that affect you?
• Describe what “Black Power” means to you?
• Do ethnic minorities face any additional challenges in the United States because of their race? Explain.
• What do you think its like to be Black in America?
Entries must be typed, double-spaced and between 500 – 750 words. Video essays also accepted. Entries must include the entrant’s name, age, grade, mailing address, telephone number, and email address (if applicable). Entries will not be returned and become property of and may be used in a future issue.
Email entries (if applicable) to: Mail entries to: 4200 Wisconsin Avenue N.W #106-338 Washington, D.C. 20016 fax: 202-332-7763
Deadline: Entries must be received no later than September 29. 2008 The winners will be announced October 10, 2008. Questions? Email: or call (202) 549-4441

If you would like to write for the new daily online magazine here’s how:

In addition to the Essay Contest, will be in constant search to
feature articles by young writers re: news, politics, entertainment, race,
sexuality and additional issues impacting the community. Authors of the
featured articles will receive monetary compensation for their work. contact for more details.


  • Shawn


    Do you think this website is legit? I know there are a lot of freelance writing opportunities out there, and I was just wondering if you have any info on the site or the people running it?


    September 16, 2008


    you can contact them. If you have any problems send me an email.

    Submit all article proposals or completed articles to or fax to (202) 332-7763. Questions? Please contact the Black Power editorial team at

    September 17, 2008
  • Shawn

    Thanks Neesha.

    I guess I was just wondering if you personally think they are legit, or do you know anyone running that site?

    Would you personally vouch for them? I know there are a lot of scams out there, so just wondering.

    September 20, 2008

    I don’t know them personally. I got an email from them and it seemed like a good opportunity. their site is set to launch in october so if you are feeling uneasy about it perhaps you can wait until the site is up and you can evaluate whether you would like to contribute. or try calling. they seem pretty upfront from what i can see.

    hope that helps!

    September 21, 2008

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