We encourage the children and young adults who enter our contests to write about what matters to them. This sometimes means exploring sensitive or difficult topics, especially in our high school contests. We believe that poetry should be a place for people to express their thoughts and feelings without censorship, and as long as the subject is handled sensitively and appropriately, we will publish work containing such themes.
If you feel you have been affected by any of the issues highlighted within our publications, below is a list of helplines and websites where you can find support and information.
Your Life, Your Voice
A free hotline available 24/7 to kids, teens and young adults, providing free and confidential support on any issue.
Text VOICE to 20121 (open 12 noon to 12 midnight CST)
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Provides free, 24/7 confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis for you and loved ones.
Crisis Text Line
A free, 24/7 support line for those in crisis. Text from anywhere in the US to talk to a trained crisis counselor.
Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Project
A national 24/7 toll free confidential hotline for LGBTQ youth.
Text START to 678678
National Eating Disorders Association
Dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by eating disorders. Toll-free, confidential helpline open Mon-Thurs 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-5pm (EST)
The National Domestic Violence Hotline
Highly-trained advocates are available 24/7/365 to talk confidentially with anyone experiencing domestic violence, seeking resources or information, or questioning unhealthy aspects of their relationship.
National Runaway Safeline
Offering support to anyone thinking of running away, or anyone who has, and to offer support to their families. Anonymous, confidential and free.
Phone: 1-800-RUNAWAY or 1-800-786-2929
Provides emotional support to anyone in distress or at risk of suicide. You can call the branch in your area, details can be found at: