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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 »)
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 »)
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 »)
How to Paint Your Room This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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After reading “How to Paint Your Room” in the June issue, I was inspired to paint my room. I made a trip to the hardware store, collected a paint fan deck (a fancy term for those paper color samples), and started pulling my bookshelf away from... (more »)
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I Love/I Hate This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The April 2014 issue was an event of many firsts: it was my first Teen Ink magazine, my first publication irreversibly on paper, and my first realization of my unextraordinariness. On top of this it was also a chance to wonder at the writing of... (more »)
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Voicebox This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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“Voicebox” by Angela Cao is a brilliant poem that left me speechless, choked on the words I wanted to utter about the concept. The idea of one's voice, the words one may say, being compared to a cigarette is very relatable for me. I am one who... (more »)
To Teen Ink with Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I've never been able to express myself, to truly grasp my writing in my hand and say, “Hey! This is really good.” I've always wanted to have that moment of appreciation, to have my work benefit someone else. I wanted to be able to call myself... (more »)
How to change my address
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Dear Editor, Lately, our landlord has decided to increase the rent. So, my family and I are probably going to move into another house. If that does happen, how do I change my address on TeenInk? I thought this matter was important because... (more »)
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Feminism- Why We Need It
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Feminist: One who stands for the equality of the sexes. That’s the Webster definition, but if you ask most American citizens to define feminists, you’d get something quite different. In fact, a large percent of people in the United... (more »)
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The Thing About Jenny
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In this memoir, the author discusses an experience she had with someone she went to camp with. Gabrielle Garrido introduced Jenny, who is quite the opposite of herself. Gabrielle is shy while Jenny is not. I loved the last paragraph of this... (more »)
Texting While Driving Should Be Illegal
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Every year thousands of teenagers between the ages of 16-19 die due to texting and cellphone use while driving. According to Newsday.com, about 60% of high school students admitted to texting or cell phone use while driving. Texting while driving... (more »)
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The Apathetic Galaxy
"The Apathetic Galaxy" is a well-written fictional piece that touched me deeply. The narrator is a teenage girl named Violet who during a Fourth of July celebration meets a boy, Martin, by offering him a ride home seeing that he was... (more »)
How to Paint Your Room
“How to Paint Your Room” by Erica Schauble is an eye-opening reflection about the seemingly mundane task of repainting one’s room. Erica describes the emotional changes a person goes through when changing the color of their “sanctuary.”... (more »)
The Things We Stay Alive For
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“The Things We Stay Alive For” summarizes the teenage years through a single moment. It is a snapshot of adolescence, yet captures the same overriding and distinctive feelings that are common during this time. The narrator reviews the memories... (more »)
How to Paint Your Room
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After reading Erica Schauble’s “How to Paint Your Room,” I felt as though my way of thinking, like the color of her bedroom walls, had been re-painted from a “sun-faded light purple” to “the perfect shade of Caribbean Sea.” Erica’s... (more »)
Travels With Sammi
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Travels With Sammi was a memoir that seems ripped right from a horrific realistic fiction novel. It's heartbreaking to know circumstances like Sammi's exist, but the author's optimism brightens the dull situation that her best... (more »)
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