We want you to use your family (to create an engrossing story). They’re there to help you (with their unbelievable idiosyncrasies). They love you (enough to forgive you for immortalizing their more unattractive habits and tendencies). And, of course, the holidays are a time for family to gather (so you can observe every member at once). Take the opportunity to write an essay about your crazy, funny, awkward, nonsensical, loving family and submit it to our Family Gatherings Essay Contest with YARN!
YARN (the Young Adult Review Network) is an award-winning literary journal for YA writing (with a super cute acronym). It publishes works from established authors like Mitali Pekins, Tomas Mournian, and Alisa Libby, but it also publishes the work of aspiring authors like you! Even though YARN is a young literary magazine, it was recently honored with an Innovations in Reading Prize from the National Book Foundation, so they’re kind of a big deal.
YARN’s premiere essay contest was on “Family Gatherings,” and it produced two fantastic winners: teen Helen Hasbun and adult Susan Young. Now, it’s your time to sparkle in the spotlight. Enter our Family Gatherings Contest, which we’re co-sponsoring with YARN, and you could be published in their online journal! Start practicing signing your name, “Mr. Firstname Lastname, published author.” Alternatively, you can swap out “published author” for “bigshot”.
What do you have to do?
Get cracking! Write a nonfiction essay in 2,000 words or fewer about a memorable family gathering. Could be a holiday, a wedding, a party, but it MUST include a teen or young adult. Essays are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on December 12. Voting will run until 11:59 p.m. EST on December 19 at which point the ten most-hearted stories will be judged by the YARN editorial staff along with special guest Susan Beth Pfeffer, New York Times best-selling author of Life as We Knew It and Blood Wounds. The winner will be announced on January 3, 2012, and the essay will be workshopped and published on YARN in January! (The winner will also receive a Writer’s Bundle chock full of swag, including a copy of Blood Wounds and Stephen King’s On Writing).
Teachers! YARN was started by your kind, and they’ve created a lesson plan that you can download here, which will help you incorporate this contest into your lesson plans.
HOW TO ENTER:
1. Read the full rules
2. Create an account on Figment.com
3. Start a new writing
4. Tag that writing with YARNessaycontest on the Details tab
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
Click here to read the finalist entries.