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A Young Woman Writing

How To Enter

The Unfiltered Reflection Project will be seeking essays from teens 13-19 years old until October 23, 2023.

The following outline of steps in the process should help you get started:

Step 1

Express your initial interest by submitting the 'Interest Form'.  You will be contacted by a member of the Unfiltered Reflection Team.  This contact will let you know if your essay topic has been accepted

Step 2

Once your initial Interest Form is approved you, your guardians and your mentor will complete and submit the Waiver/Release and Permissible Use form along with your essay abstract. 

Look over the example essay to understand the content and formatting for your final draft.

Step 3

Submit your essay and resource pages.  Reminder that there is only one entry per person and the first essay submitted will be considered.  Submit your draft.

Step 4

Members of the Unfiltered Reflection Team will guide you through the process of revising and editing your draft. They will share feedback and suggestions regarding formatting and content.

Step 5

Once your essay is finalized, the Unfiltered Reflections Team will contact you with a list of questions.  Answers to these questions will guide our illustrator in developing art for your piece that reflect your topic and personal interest.

Step 6

Once the book has been published you can expect a certificate acknowledging inclusion in the collection that can be used on resumes or CVs, a free copy of the essay collection for your school’s library and a vote regarding which youth-centered charity will receive a portion of the book’s royalties.

Both the Unfiltered Reflection Team and teen authors reserve the right to remove drafts from consideration up to October 23, 2023.

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