Young Writers, Artists, and Poets Recognized by Peers with 2018 KidSpirit Awards

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BROOKLYN, N.Y. - June 19, 2018 - PRLog -- KidSpirit (, the award-winning online magazine and community by and for 11- to 17-year-olds, is delighted to announce the winners of its annual KidSpirit Awards today. The awards, chosen by the magazine's all-youth editorial boards, recognize contributors for outstanding expository writing, personal essays, poetry, and artwork featured in KidSpirit in the last year. About 50 editors around the world selected pieces from issues on Simplicity and Complexity, Resilience, Unity and Division, and Creation and Destruction.

KidSpirit provides a unique forum for young people to explore life's big questions, and award recipients represent the wide range of perspectives, backgrounds, and interests that make up the magazine's global community. This year's award-winning pieces showcase brave, creative, and inspiring approaches to a wide array of substantive topics.

Each issue of KidSpirit revolves around a Big Question posed by the editors. The 2018 Big Question Award goes to a writer who explored why resilience is key to our wellbeing.

In the Features department, editors recognized a nuanced piece on the many aspects of conformity; a thought-provoking analysis of destruction's role in creativity and art; and an important perspective on the complicated nature of communicating as a non-verbal teen.

Winners in the Awesome Moments department include essays on connecting deeply with peers across difference, witnessing a new way of life in the Amazon, and coming to terms with imperfection. Interfaith Connections Awards acknowledge a compelling reflection on the lasting impact of division and displacement; a piece on the simple beauty and grace of everyday moments; and an insightful article on why creation and destruction are just two sides of the same coin. The editors also selected winners in the Poetry and Art departments, highlighting the creative ways contributors around the world have shared their inner wisdom on this year's themes.

The 2018 PerSpectives Award - the only award reserved for an adult author - goes to Benjamin Jealous for his piece "Courage: The Bedrock of Unity."  Jealous draws on his personal experiences to illustrate the importance of coming together as a diverse but united community.

For a complete list of winners, please visit KidSpirit's website at For more information or to request an interview, please contact Justine Woods at the information below.

Justine Woods
Operations Associate, KidSpirit
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