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Love Is No Fantasy
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Don't tell me light will triumph against darkness, don't tell me the bad guy will lose. Love is like a sick fantasy. A lie, a ruse. When love is present we escape from our realities, though nothing seems to change. It's like a harsh fever,... (more »)
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Desire to Learn
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 “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, the mind can achieve.” A burning desire is the starting point of all accomplishments. Just like a small fire cannot give much heat, a weak desire cannot produce great result.... (more »)
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The Selection This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I examine my body like a piece of meat being selected for “prime cut” I don't think anything could make me more tender than the cruelty of the market My body has been beaten to market standards – big breasts, lean legs, thick... (more »)
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Pity Party This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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My enemy, the media, is unrelenting. Through endless magazine ads, movies, and TV commercials, it has been pounded into my skull that I am not pretty enough or thin enough to meet society's standards. My mom says I'm pretty, but don't... (more »)
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Counting This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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One. Standing in the women's bathroom, folding a paper towel that resembles the texture of my callused skin. Two. Holding an Arizona Tea in a gas station where the air coats bottles of Advil and bags of gummy worms with sheets of dust. Three.... (more »)
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My Unexpected Heroes This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Ann Arbor, MI
Sometimes the people who affect your life the most appear in unexpected places. For one long, hard year I experienced stabbing pain in my back. After my mother saw me burst into tears when my brother laid his hand on my back, she took me to the... (more »)
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On Stage and Afraid This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
By , Palm Coast, FL
Dread. The sensation of every blood cell in my body exploding all at once. I am in a box. One of the big plastic tubs labeled “Winter Clothes” hidden in your garage. It is dark and I can't see my hands in front of me. I press on the lid with... (more »)
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Do it For the Kids This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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"Umm…"   Rafael bites on the tip of his pencil as he stares at the math problem in front of him – 11 x 7. In my head I'm screaming 77, but I don't say a word. I simply glance at him, smile lightly and ask, "You want some help?"  ... (more »)
Subsection: Community Service Articles  
I Miss...
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I miss when skinned knees were easier to fix than broken hearts. I miss when the only reason she wasn’t friends with me was because Duck-Duck-Goose sounded more enjoyable than hopscotch; not because she found her way into the popular crowd. I... (more »)
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Lets Stop Hate
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Take my hands and warm them. I want to be your sheild. To fight away the haters, the bullies, the tears. Let me be your savior, your knight in shining armor. I'll protect you, I'll love you, no matter who you are. I'll be the rock you throw, the... (more »)
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Just Keep Swimming
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Some say that pain is all in your head. Others say that it’s a feeling that can be quantified and justified. Personally, I go with the latter’s idea. You break a leg: you scream and get a cast. You stub your toe: you swear under... (more »)
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The Pink War This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
“The Pink War” by Kayla C. is a well-written and touching piece that reflects on an experience that I understand can be very hard to write about. In her piece, Kayla shares how her mother fought breast cancer and had to endure many treatments.... (more »)
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One Pet at a Time This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Tucked away behind numerous trucking companies in Hickory, North Carolina, is my home away from home, my happy place. When my faith in humanity needs to be restored, there really is nothing like coming to this animal shelter. Every year many... (more »)
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Pine Street Inn This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
The stairway leading to the men's section doesn't smell, even though I'd expected it to stink of urine or sweat. Somehow the emptiness feels even worse, as though the staircase is shaking its head and saying in defeat, There are too many. When we... (more »)
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Poetry as Dessert This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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One of my favorite parts of Teen Ink magazine is the poetry section. I read Teen Ink from front cover to back cover, and I always look forward to the poetry that's at the end. It is similar to eating a meal, but instead of ending with dessert, I... (more »)
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How Do I Get Published? This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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In the course of using the Teen Ink website, I have submitted what I think are some really great pieces. Yet whenever I feel like I have written “the one,” all I get is an e-mail saying my work has been published on the website. Nothing more,... (more »)
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