Essay Contest | Teen Ink

Writing Contest – One Thing You Can't Live Without

Have you ever wondered what would happen if something important disappeared from your life? This contest will stretch your imagination! What is one thing that you cannot live without, and what would your life be like without it? Tell us in 500 words or less!

The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and their photo will be published in Teen Ink magazine!


 October 1, 2023



  • You must be a teen (aged 13-19) with a Teen Ink account to enter

  • No inappropriate content

  • Submissions must relate to the topic (Something you can't live without)

Guidelines and Details: 

  • Your entry must be 500 words or less

  • There is no limit to the number of submissions you can enter

How to Submit: 

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

  • Submit your work to the "Nonfiction - Personal Experience" category of Teen Ink. You can find this selection after selecting the initial "Article/Poetry" submission type.

  • Include the words "live without" in your submission's tags. You can do this by using the "additional tags" field in your submission form.


  • Winner (and honorable mentions, if space allows) will have their script published in Teen Ink magazine

  • The overall winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card