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Annie Dillard’s “A Writer In The World”... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
By , Richmond, VA
I have tried to type something on Google Docs at least five times. Each time it’s deleted by that lovely voice in my head:  “That’s s***. Complete s***.” So bad that I will be dethroned from being the “Queen of... (more »)
Quest for a Dog This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I was in seventh grade and still believed in wishing on eyelashes and birthday candles, and signs from above. Sitting in the back seat while my parents made remarks on the traffic, I silently asked for a sign. A sign from my aunt, who died two... (more »)
Three Broken Pencils This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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They are the only obstruction in my path. Consequently, I am the only one with no intention to dispose of them. Three pencils, all mechanical, short of lead like I am short of ideas. Three that were found on the floor in different hallways.... (more »)
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From the Back This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Tuesday, Cafeteria: 7:00. Breakfast. The perfect time to catch up on the forgotten math homework buried at the bottom of my bag. Movement across the giant, white-tiled room. One of the most popular football players sits down at a long... (more »)
To Be a Weed This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Growing up was, for a long time, an elusive concept for me. What did growing up mean? Back in Shanghai, every few weeks my mother would line me up against the kitchen wall and mark my height, then step back and rub her chin, examining the... (more »)
Just Human This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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People always remember the first time they saw their hero as a real person. That time your favorite football star got arrested for drunk driving, or when your teacher lost her laptop and freaked out in front of the class. For some, it’s... (more »)
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How My Best Friend Ruined My Sweatshirt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I had to wash it three times to get her scent to fade. It was as if every time I held the sweatshirt I was holding her, and I couldn’t stand the sting of her skin against mine one minute longer. I remember the frenzy of washing. The... (more »)
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Chocolate Snow This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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Screwed up is what people said. Messed up. Her brain is in the wrong place. But not to me. To me she was the sweetest of girls. She didn’t care about your race or religion. She didn’t care if you were smart. She didn’t... (more »)
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The Moment I Knew It Was Over This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I can remember there being sun – enough to cast long shadows on the cement. The sky was a crisp, clear blue, contrasting beautifully with the circling crows, searching for discarded scraps of food. Like the crows, I circled. Around... (more »)
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Lesson of the Birds
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The brown, green and yellow world slowly recedes into its winter state.  Many plants are dying and in some ways it’s tragic.  In others, it’s beautiful.  The woods seem deserted.  Even the soft, green beds of... (more »)
You Colored with Crayons
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You were needed and were cried about a million different times, and if love could have saved you, you would have never passed away.  Some days laying in bed crying is the only option to make the day better because the thought of you really... (more »)
Daddy, Where'd You Go?
By , Aurora, CO
It was the beginning of September, 2010. It was super early in the morning and the sun was shining so brightly. It was our last hug and I didn't know when I would see you again so I savoured every second of that amazing hug. I remember your... (more »)
Why Do Girls Always Fall for the Bad Boys?
By , Middleville, MI
They are what's familiar, they make you feel great yet so bad. They know how to make you happy, when they know they get something in return. Once they are done they have no problem crushing your heart. Then when your almost over them, but... (more »)
Fighting for My Generation’s Survival Against... This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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I’m teenage climate activist. I speak for my entire generation when I say that I will be more hurt by the effects of climate change than any of the adults in power. It’s painful to have to fight and constantly pressure the very grownups who... (more »)
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Child of an Addict
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A slave to this. The chains are pulling you down. When will you be free? People look at you with a different image. They don’t look at you as you. They look at you in revulsion saying, “You’re your mother’s child.” The label, ‘Child... (more »)
Is It Love?
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What is love any way? Most people say “when you can’t live without them and your heart stops when they walk in the room”.  I do believe in that sometimes, but what do you call it when you saw them, and without words, you... (more »)
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