Call for 2018 Summer Writers

May 31, 2018 By Deepa Gopal
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Every summer, we invite young writers to join our team for our six-week summer program. Think of yourself as an extension of our team where you will be writing main Youngzine articles.

We will work with you and after the first 1-2 articles, most of our young writers are up and running on their own. We will be selecting 4-6 young writers to join our team this year and will mentor and guide you through the experience.

Does this sound like a challenge you are up to? First, let's answer some questions that you might have.

How Old Should I Be?

Most of our Young Editors are typically 13-17 years of age. You will be writing on politics, science, environment and other current events (news) which will require you to read and understand the background material. If you have strong writing skills, are part of your school newspaper or see yourself as a future journalist, this is for you!

How Long Is The Program?

It is a six-week program from July to mid-August, where you will be writing one article a week. We understand summer is also a time for vacations, and we are flexible as long as you inform us in advance. 

What Do We Expect From A Young Editor?

Good writing skills and the ability to communicate your thoughts clearly are most important since you are writing for other young readers. If you have been reading articles on Youngzine, you should be familiar with the format we expect.

We use current events to explain the underlying context or a concept, so you will need to put your research hats on. It is important that articles be unbiased and state all points of view of an issue. And of course, your articles have to be original -- no plagiarizing! We will send you guidelines if you are selected.

A few benefits of being a summer writer --

  • Your work will be seen by young readers all over the world.
  • Your knowledge of topics deepens, broadens and widens as you research and write articles.
  • Working with a small team will give you a real-world experience of being a writer
  • You will be giving back to the community, and as a non-profit, we would be happy to acknowledge your efforts as volunteer hours.

Is that reason enough to want to join?

How Do I Apply?

Send us an email to editor@youngzine.org. If you have written for us previously, please mention that in your email. 

Please contact us by June 10 if you are interested. If you are new to our summer program, we will ask you to choose from a few topics and write a 300-400 word article. We will select based on your writing skills. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

Youngzine Team