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Oct 19

The Jump

The Jump
My feet crunched the snow as my thick boots led me toward the hill. It was mid-winter, a warmer day than most, and the tramping was making my forehead sweat. My friend Clementine was ahead of me, my short legs and puffy snowsuit weighing me down-and slowing me down. Finally, I reached the top of the hill. I sat down, not caring if my butt got wet or not. Mindlessly, my mittens picked up a ball of snow and packed it evenly. This was the best packing snow of the winter. It was the perfect mixture of wet and fluffy, a combination rare at least to Vermont. Judson, another friend, was thinking the same thing.
Jun 04

The Voice - June 2018

Dec 15

Hildene Essay Contest

Every year, Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home in Manchester, VT, runs the Lincoln Essay Competition for 8th graders throughout Vermont.  

First place winners receive $1000, second place $750, third place $500, and honorable mentions $250.

The deadline for submissions is Lincoln’s birthday, February 12, 2018. This year’s topic:

This year's essay topic:
Describe a current or recent event in which the actions of the participant(s) may be viewed as patriotic by some and as unpatriotic by others.  Discuss the differing points of view.  What is your position and why?

Complete application packets (including guidelines and tips) can be downloaded:

Contact: Stephanie at [email protected]
Jul 08



There's a lot going on in the world. It can feel overwhelming. By expressing your opinion and sharing it with YWP in writing and visual art, you can begin to make sense of things, build a connection with others, and work toward positive change. Speak out! What's on your mind?

Jul 05

For Teachers

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Jul 04

YWP Staff and Board


Executive Director Susan Reid: [email protected], (802) 324-9538
Susan is a former journalist at newspapers in Vermont and Canada. She is a former political reporter at the Toronto Star and editorial page editor of the Burlington Free Press. She joined Young Writers Project in 2011 as publications coordinator and became executive director in 2018. 

Publications Coordinator Anna Forsythe: [email protected]
Anna is a 2015 writing and publishing graduate of Emerson College. She joined Young Writers Project in 2018 and coordinates our publications, especially our media partnerships. She also mentors our writers and artists, and provides outreach through social media.

Jul 04

About Young Writers Project

Jun 25