Be-YOU-tiful Be Free Writing Contest for Teens!

The annual Be-You-tiful Be Free writing contest, presented by the Eating Disorders Resource Center (EDRC), is now accepting submissions from students in 6-12th grade and living in the Bay Area.

Through a poem or essay, teens and pre-teens can share their views on mental illnesses, such as depression and anxiety, as well as eating disorders and body image. The winning entry can receive an award up to $300.

To enter, write a poem or essay on one of the following themes
• Describe some things you do to reduce your stress and/or anxiety.
• How does body image impact how you perceive yourself and others.
• Write a letter detailing what you would say to a friend who is feeling depressed.

Submissions requirements (Link to example:
• Include your name, grade, and school on top left of page
• Font size 12, Times New Roman
• Single space, one page max

Submit your entry online to  by March 3, 2020.  

Prizes are $300 for First Place, $200 for Second Place, and $100 for Third Place. Middle and High School entries judged separately, with the top three poems and essays from each category. Winners announced beginning April, and the selections will be featured on the EDRC website and sent in a press release distributed to prominent newspaper companies in the Bay Area.


Sponsored by the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Clara County Library District.