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The following guidelines for the preparation of student writings have been distributed to all participating principals and teachers:
  • Students may use any form of written expression (e.g. essays, poems, plays or songs) as long as the language is positive and not derogatory. Students may submit only one entry per year. All entries must be the work product of only one student.
  • Student entries, at minimum, should address three questions: How has violence and drug abuse affected my life? What are the causes of youth violence? What can I do about youth violence? Writings that do not address these questions will not be advanced in the selection process.
  • Entries should be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length. Written forms of expression such as poetry that by their nature may be shorter may contain fewer than 500 words.
  • Entries must be typed or written legibly in black ink on 8 1/2" x 11" paper. Only one side of the paper may be used and the pages should be numbered.
  • Entries must be in English.
  • Teachers, please submit all students’ writings.
  • Here are the national DtWT questions and prompts to help students write about the impact of violence and drugs on their lives. The prompts are reflective of the Common Core Standards.
  • If you require more information, please Contact Us 


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