How it Works - For Young Writers

What is Write the World?

Welcome to Write the World!

We’re a community of young writers (ages 13-18), hailing from over 120 countries.

Join our global platform, and...

Explore our ever-changing library of prompts as you establish a regular writing practice and expand your repertoire of styles, all while building your portfolio of polished work.

See your writing improve as you find your own voice. Enter competitions for the chance to receive feedback from authors, writing teachers, and other experts in the field.

Writing is a social act. Share your work with a vibrant, global community, and exchange feedback with writers from all over the world.

Earn badges along the way as you build your writing portfolio.

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Writing Prompts

Spark your writing to life!

When you’re at a loss for an idea or feeling uninspired, a prompt magically opens new doors.

Write away writer’s block, push beyond your comfort zone, experiment with topics and styles—from flash fiction to memoir, opinions to poems, essays to tweets.

Go to Prompts


Each month Write the World holds a new competition, developed around a particular idea or genre of writing, such as poetry, fantasy, sports journalism, or flash fiction. Competitions encourage you to dig deeper into the writing process, try out new genres and share your work with a sea of eager readers.

And because a first draft is never perfect, you have the chance to receive peer and expert feedback before submitting your final piece. Here's how competitions work:

Watch more tips for entering competitions.

What’s Different About Write the World Competitions?

  • Free Entry and Cash Prizes: The winning entrant receives $100, and the runner-up and best peer-reviewer receive $50.
  • Professional Recognition: All three winners will be featured on our blog, with commentary from our guest judge.
  • Expert Review: Submit a draft in the first week and get feedback from our team of experts—authors, writing teachers, and education professionals.
  • Guest Judges: From Poet Laureates to The President’s speech writer—our monthly competitions are judged by renowned and respected writers from across the globe.

View our current, past, and upcoming competitions here.

See our Guest Judges

Peer Review

Writing is a social activity.

The best writers draft and redraft their work—often based on the feedback they receive from their writing community. At Write the World, this is what creates connection from one side of the globe to the other. By giving peer feedback, we encourage each other to keep at it! Expressing ourselves through the written word is so much easier (and fun) when we have eager readers telling us what’s working well, and where we might strengthen our craft.

In this peer review, you can see that a young writer is giving her peer feedback by:

  • Highlighting and commenting on specific elements of the text.
  • Responding to peer review questions (in the right column).

How to Write a 5-Star Review (and take feedback in stride).

How to incorporate peer review into your writing.


Write Together - Join a Writing Group

Do you have a particular interest in crafting a story in a single sentence, writing in rhyme, or putting life experience on the page? Join one of Write the World's Groups and connect with other young writers who share your passion.

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WORDS ARE POWERFUL. In joining the Write the World community and publishing on the platform, you are responsible for your words. Check out our Writing Guidelines for further details.

Online Journal

Write the World Review

Write the World Review is our online journal featuring the very best work on the site. We publish several issues a year. For your work to be considered, simply respond to prompts on Write the World.

Go to Online Journal

WORDS ARE POWERFUL. In joining the Write the World community and publishing on the platform, you are responsible for your words. Check out our Writing Guidelines for further details.