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Anger Is a Gift Essay Contest

We’re excited to announce our Anger Is a Gift contest, where you can enter for a chance to win $5,000 toward your education, have your essay published in Teen Ink, and receive a signed copy of Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro!

Six years after the murder of his father by an Oakland police officer left Moss Jefferies beset by grief and near-crippling panic attacks, Moss and his fellow classmates find themselves increasingly treated like criminals in their own school. Despite their youth, the students decide to organize and push back against the administration.

When tensions hit a fever pitch and tragedy strikes, Moss must face a difficult choice: give in to fear and hate or realize that anger can actually be a gift.

Your essay writing prompt: Write a short essay (between 300 and 500 words) about how anger has been a gift in your life

Deadline: April 30, 2018

Visit Angerisagiftessaycontest.com for essay guidelines and more information.

Attention Teen Ink readers! For those of you who saw announcement of this contest in the February issue, please note that the contest url was incorrectly listed as angerisagiftcontest.com. The correct url is: angerisagiftessaycontest.com.

No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 13 or older. Entry period begins at 12:01 AM Easter Time (ET) on 2/1/2018 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 4/30/2018. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit angerisagiftessaycontest.com. Sponsored by Tor Teen, a division of Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010.

 

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    1. No purchase necessary. Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C. who are age 13 or older. Entry period begins at 12:01 AM Easter Time (ET) on 2/1/2018 and ends at 11:59 PM ET on 4/30/2018. Void where prohibited. For full Official Rules, visit angerisagiftessaycontest.com. Sponsored by Tor Teen, a division of Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave, New York, NY 10010.

  1. Hi! I submitted mine and received an error page after every time. Could someone let me know if my submission was received or if I should try to submit again?

    Thanks so much!!

    1. Hi Ashley! I’m so sorry you got error messages. But I just checked and your entry loaded just fine so we have your essay and you are entered into the contest. Thanks so much and good luck!

  2. I have tried submitting many times now and have also received an error page. Is there a reason behind this? I’m worried I might be disqualified for trying to submit so many times.

    1. Hi Rachel! I am so sorry to hear that you were getting an error page. We’re not sure why that happened but are looking into it. I checked the system though and your entry was loaded just fine. So we have your essay and you are entered into the contest. Thanks so much and good luck!

    1. Hi Alicia! Sorry you got an error page on the contest. We’re not sure why that happened but are looking into it. I checked the system though and your entry was submitted. We have your essay and you are entered into the contest. Thanks and good luck!

  3. To whoever it may concern, I would like to know if my essay got into the contest. It is called Fueled by Anger.

      1. Thank you. Do I need to mention that I am a Teen Ink writer and if I won this, would Teen Ink know about this or do I need to publish the essay also in Teen Ink?

  4. Hi!
    I tried submitting my essay but I got a page that said “Oops. Page cannot be found.” I was just wondering if my essay was uploaded or if I should try again.
    Thank you!

  5. Hi, I’m trying to submit my entry, but it says the file “must be one of the allowed types”. What are the allowed types?

  6. I tried submitting my essay, but it says that the event ended right after I clicked submit, even though it’s not yet 11:59 PM Eastern Time yet?
    Can someone confirm to see if my essay (titled “Red”) was submitted or not and if I missed the deadline?

    Thanks!

  7. The submission link is no longer available and it’s not yet 11:59 PM. My daughter is trying to submit her essay. Please help! Thank you.

  8. Like some others, I am unable to submit my essay, as the information panel is gone and it says the promotion has ended. It said that the contest ends at 11:59 pm ET and currently it is 9:47 pm ET. I was unable to submit it earlier because of school and a physics project that has been taking up the entirety of my weekend. If you could email me back with a solution that would be very much appreciated.

  9. My daughter is also trying to upload her essay. It is 9:47 PM EST and the link is not available. The website says This promotion ended on 04-30-2018.

  10. I also tried submitting the essay and it said the offer already ended even though I checked multiple times that it was due 4/30 at 11:59 EST.

  11. Hi,

    I have tried submitting my essay for the contest “Anger is a Gift”
    I know the last day to submit was today April 30th, 2018 but the website won’t allow me. I hope my essay is allowed to be reviewed, Would you be able to let me know how I can submit? Thank you.

  12. Earlier in the year I check and it said results would be posted June 1st is there a way to find the winners.

  13. I thought there was supposed to be an announcement of the winner as well. Just confused as to where we find out if we won and, if not, who did.

  14. ^Curious as well. The contest description also said the winner would be posted in the magazine on June 1st.

  15. FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO KNOW THE WINNER: It was “Chaotic Change” by Kaeshawn Smith, Kansas City, MO. Saw it in their summer edition, on page 48.

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