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Idaho middle school/junior high and high school students are invited to enter the 13th Annual Idaho Youth Writing Challenge: In Right Relationship. When we are in right relationship with ourselves, each other, and all living beings, we can create a future where we can thrive together.

2022 Writing Prompts — In Right Relationship

  • Care for Each Other: In what ways do you show you care for other people? How do you care for yourself and someone you are in a relationship with?
  • Authenticity: Write about what it means to you to be your whole self, unapologetically. What does it feel like, look like, taste like, smell like, and sound like when you are being yourself and celebrating your individuality?
  • Consent: What does consent mean to you? What does it look like to practice setting boundaries in a relationship and the power to choose, in any setting or situation?
  • Shared Power: What does it look like to reclaim your own power while still honoring others’ power in a relationship? How do you share power and decision making in ways that support our collective thriving, such as being vulnerable, kind, or compassionate?
  • Moving through Conflict: Describe a time you leaned into discomfort to solve a conflict. What was it like to come to a solution that was best for everyone involved, despite disagreement or differing viewpoints?

Awards

  • $250 awarded to each of the top 10 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories.
  • $25 awarded to each of the 100 selections for middle school/junior high school and the high school categories.

All authors selected for publication will also receive a book of the selections to be released in April 2022.

All published works will list the author, teacher, and school. A book of the published works will be distributed to Idaho’s middle/junior high schools and high schools. Make sure your school is represented!

Students published in this year’s books will be invited to share their writing at the In Right Relationship virtual or in person reading event in April 2022.

2022 Writing Challenge Guidelines

There’s a few rules to the challenge, tips and guidelines too. Make sure you check out our Writing Challenge Guide for everything you need!

Submit Your 2022 Writing Challenge Submission – Deadline Monday, February 28, 2022

Submit your original work using the corresponding buttons. Remember, you can submit up to three original poems or stories and count the words to be sure your submission is eligible for the award. One submission per page please.


Click the image below to view the 2021 Living in Mutuality poetry booklets for Middle/Junior High School.

Click the image below to view the 2021 Living in Mutuality Books poetry booklets for High School.


Questions?

Please email Dalton Dagondon Tiegs at at the Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence

Read the published list selections from last year’s 2021 Living in Mutuality themes.