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Environment Contest

Hybrid cars? Organic food? Solar and wind energy? Pay-as-you-throw trash programs? Required recycling? If you have a plan to save the world, we want to hear about it. And if you know a lot about a current problem facing the planet – pollution, overpopulation, natural resource consumption/destruction – share your thoughts with others by writing a persuasive essay.


Winning stories are published in Teen Ink magazine and contest winners receive a copy of the magazine featuring their work. Plus, they’ll have the opportunity to choose from an exciting selection of Teen Ink merchandise – apparel and other items – available exclusively from Teen Ink.

Contest Guidelines

Teen Ink will only consider original essays written and poems by teens. Essays should be between 150 and 1,000 words. Possible topics include global warming, clean water, species preservation, air quality, the rainforest, alternative power, depletion of resources and more! For more ideas on how to write a winning essay, see our Environment Writing Tips.

Submit entries through our website. All articles related to the environment submitted to Teen Ink are automatically considered for the contest. See our submission guidelines for more information.


There are no deadlines; entries are accepted throughout the year.