Teens, have you ever felt like your voice wasn’t heard? Or were there times when you spoke out about your truth? Now you have the opportunity to share these by submitting an essay, poem, graphic novel or photograph about these times to Never Counted Out, a website created to connect teens with artists and writers.
Never Counted Out is the brain child of novelist, e.E. Charlton-Trujillo, the author of Fat Angie. e.E created the website after connecting with a depressed teen writer, after his teacher shared is creative writing sample with her. When e.E. talked with young writer, she felt like she had made a special connection with him and wanted to create opportunities for other writers, photographers and artists to connect with teens, especially at-risk teens. e.E. traveled around the country and worked with other writers and artists and with the teens in their communities, building a mentorship program for young writers and artists to express their concerns, hopes, successes and fears in a positive way.
Inspired by the suicide note from a bullied transgendered teen, teens are invited to submit a work of art that completes the sentence, “If someone only knew…” This art work can be anything from an essay to a poem to a photograph to a graphic novel, as long as it communicates your truth. The art will be displayed on the blog on the website for Never Counted Out. In addition, a selection of the essays and art work will be published in an anthology. Go to the website for admission guidelines and due dates.
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