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Poetry Contest: Family Traditions!

Teen Ink is hosting a contest for all teen poets! In 100 words or less, we want to learn about your Favorite Family Traditions (e.g. Summer trips to the lake, Sunday spaghetti nights, etc.). You may even be published in
Teen Ink magazine for sharing!

Deadline: January 31, 2022

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Photography (and artwork) Contest:
Pets are Family, Too!

Are you a teen photographer, artist, or just a teen with a pet you love? Well, we have a contest for you! Any and all teens wishing to share their pets are welcome to submit. Your pets may be published in our February 2022 issue, potentially featured on our social media, and the overall winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Deadline: December 31, 2021

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Flash Essay Contest, 500 Words or Less: An Extraordinary Act of Kindness!

Hey, Teen Ink writers! Do you have an extraordinary act of kindness you would like to share? Tell us about it in roughly 500 words (or less)! The top three submissions will be published in our digital magazine and the winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

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Artwork Contest: Mystical Creatures!

Are you a teen artist? Show us what you can create by submitting content for our Mystical Creature contest! You may even get published in our magazine and win a $25 gift card! 

Deadline: October 31, 2021

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Poetry Contest: A Haiku by You!

This one is for all of those aspiring poets out there! Do you love writing and sharing your poetry? This is your chance to potentially be published in Teen Ink magazine and win a $25 Amazon gift card!

Deadline: September 30, 2021

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Book Cover Art Contest: Teens Talk: Are You Listening?

Calling all aspiring teen artists! Do you have a passion for painting? Are you wild about watercolor? Are you a photographer who loves to capture moments in the click of a button?

Are you a graphic design fanatic or a freehand drawing enthusiast? Then this is your chance to see your work showcased on the cover of a book! Teen Ink is seeking out a teen to create cover art for Teens Talk: Are You Listening?  by teen author Maria Proulx! Written by a teen for teens, the book discusses issues relevant in a teen’s life. Teen Ink is interested in all mediums and the sky’s the limit! 

Deadline: July 15, 2021

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Cover Art Contest

Submit your photo or artwork for a chance to appear on the cover of Teen Ink magazine!

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"I Matter" Poetry Contest   

Teen Ink has partnered with The National Youth Foundation for the “I Matter” poetry contest.

The contest was launched by a 14-year-old student who took action to educate the world about why Black Lives Matter. The contest calls upon students across the country to submit poems on this important topic for a chance to win $500.

Deadline: July 23, 2021

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This contest is now CLOSED. Sports Art Contest 

Submit your SPORTS related paintings, drawings, photographs, or graphic designs for your chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card! All submissions will also be considered for publication online and in Teen Ink magazine.  

This is a great opportunity to showcase your work! 

Deadline: May 31, 2021

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This contest is now CLOSED. Launch Your Writing Career!

Submit your completed or uncompleted manuscript to get  noticed by professional experts, including literary agents and publishers who are waiting to launch your career.

Prizes include publishing contracts, audiobook production and courses to help you improve your skills!

Deadline: May 31, 2021. Teen Ink users enter for FREE!

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This contest is now CLOSED. Enter for a chance to win a published interview with NYT bestselling author of Wings of Ebony, J. Elle 

In addition to your private Zoom interview, you will also win a print copy of her book, Wings of Ebony, a pdf copy of the book, and the chance to have your interview published in Teen Ink.

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This contest is now CLOSED

2018 Oil Pastel Contest Sponsored by Sakura of America

Submit your Oil Painting or Pastel artwork with the theme "Modern America" to win amazing Sakura products and more!

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This contest is now CLOSED

National Essay Writing Contest

Submit your essay of 1000 words or less to the opinion section and have a chance to win $500 + special prizes like interviewing a celebrity or athlete or politician.

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This contest is now CLOSED

Educator of the Year 2018 Contest

Nominate an outstanding teacher, coach or school principal for a chance to be recognized nationally!

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