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The Skirt This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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I will be the first to say that I am not materialistic. My friends label me as a goody-goody; my parents say I am conservative and modest when it comes to clothes. I don’t wear bikinis, and none of my skirts or shorts end above my knees. That is... (more »)
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The Pact This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This work has won the Teen Ink contest in its category.
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We sat around a wobbly, cast-iron table outside Starbucks around 9:30 one night the summer that I was 14. Emma, Karen, Cathy, and I had just been to a movie we had since decided was a waste of $4.50 and two hours of our lives. Cathy was... (more »)
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Home Alone This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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The sky was pitch black, the house was creaking, and I still had four hours until my parents got home. Locked in my parents’ room, I turned on the TV full blast so I wouldn’t hear the creaking house. I barely heard the phone ring. I picked... (more »)
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A Tough Lesson This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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It was the end of my junior year, the weekend before prom. I was riding around that night with some friends, and a bottle got passed around the car. Everyone was taking swigs. Then the bottle got to me. With it in my hand I thought, What will I... (more »)
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The Holes in My Heart This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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As a child in Cambodia, life was difficult. It went from bad to worse when my mother got sick. As usual, my father left us and went someplace else. I hardly ever saw him. I loved my ­father and maybe I still do. He wasn’t a nice man, though. He... (more »)
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Learning to Be a Lady This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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      The first time I dressed up as a woman was Halloween. Innocent enough, I suppose - costumes and whatnot. Some people dressed as ogres, the traditional witch, and, as always, multiple poorly imitated Frankensteins. I... (more »)
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Roller Coaster Ride This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
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     We are lectured about peer pressure in mandatory health education class. We are told never to give in to it. “Just because everyone else is doing something does not make it a good idea,” they say. Yes, I... (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 »)
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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 »)
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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 »)
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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 »)
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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 »)
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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 »)
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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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The Story of a Girl
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Alone. Abandoned. Deserted. At any given time, there are 500,000 children in the U.S. foster care system. Could you imagine what it would be like? A girl once lived through this system. It was over 8 years ago, yet she can still remember what... (more »)
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