To celebrate the National Day on Writing (October 20, 2011), The New York Times Learning Network, the National Writing Project, Edutopia, and Figment, have teamed up to bring you a festival of words and ideas and to ask the question Why Do You Write?
It's a straightforward question with a million complicated answers, and we want to hear them all, in whatever form best communicates why YOU write. Your piece can be a personal essay, a poem, a short story, a play—it's up to you.
We'll be accepting submissions in this festival from September 28 through October 29. Since this is a celebration, there are no prizes, but a curated anthology of selected submissions will be available to order as a snazzy e-book later this winter. Check back for more info.
How To Enter:
- Sign up for an account on Figment
- Create something new
- Tag it "whyiwrite" on the "Details" tab
- Press "Publish Now"
- Wait the 2 or so hours it sometimes takes for your story to appear in the "View Entries" tab above
- Sign Up Or Enter Now
Other National Day on Writing Events:
To celebrate the National Day on Writing, The New York Times Learning Network, the NWP, Edutopia, and Figment are also sponsoring a host of other events and programs.
Throughout the week leading up to the National Day on Writing, the participating organizations will post Q&As about the writing process with New York Times reporters; novelists, including Anna Quindlen, Barry Lyga, and Ashley Hope Perez; writing teachers; and Figment writers.
- #whyiwrite so that everyone can see the many reasons people write.
Writing is trending. On October 20, Tweet why you write and include the hashtag
- live radio show to celebrate the National Day on Writing, including interviews with Learning Network editor Katherine Schulten; New York Times reporter Fernanda Santos; novelist and NWP teacher Ashley Hope Perez; Figment co-founder and New Yorker staff writer Dana Goodyear; and Figment teen writers.
On October 20 at 7 PM EST, the National Writing Project will air a