Write a letter to your younger self

$650 of total prizes

Write a letter to your younger self! Share your story and win cash! Giving away $650 in prize money.


The Rules


Write an open letter to your younger self or to a specific or generic group of the next generation about what lessons they can learn from your life experiences. Make sure your letter has an inspiring or positive message.

Check out some examples on The Unsealed to a specific or generic group of the next generation:

To kids with a dream

To Young Girls

To the Black and White youth of America


You must be over 18 and a member of The Unsealed Community. You can sign up for The Unsealed here

*no relatives or employees on The Unsealed are permitted to enter


All Entries must be in by midnight on November 15, 2021 Eastern Time

Our top ten finalists will be announced December 1st

Our winner will be announced December 15

Letter Requirements

  • Entries must be in English
  • Letter must be typed and submitted below or you can email it to contests@theunsealed.com
  • Letter must be true story about your life
  • The letter can’t mention anyone’s name except yourself (Example: you can call someone a friend, a neighbor, a teammate or a family member but you can’t call them by their name, John Smith)
  • The letter must be original writing from the person submitting the letter
  • The letter must not have been published anywhere else
  • The letter can’t be defamatory toward another person
  • The letter must be 500- 800 words
  • Only one entry per person
  • Include a headline for your letter and a photo that goes with your story


You will own the rights to your entry but by entering the contest you will give us permission/limited license to publish the letter and any pictures you provide on The Unsealed. You will also allow us to promote your entry on social media using your letter and the provided picture.

How it will be judged

The Unsealed will narrow it down to a top ten based on the following:

  • Organization that is logical and effective, is the letter easy to read and understand?
  • Creativity/originality, is there anything that makes this letter unique?
  • Message/insight – does the letter offer a thoughtful message?
  • Impact/Inspirational – is the story powerful and inspirational?
  • Accurately addresses the topic – does this letter share a message of resilience?


The Unsealed will post the top ten finalists. Professional writers will judge the contest. The Unsealed community will vote on their favorite story for the top two prizes. The bonus place prize will go to the story with the most hits between December 1st and December 7th.

1st place – $500

2nd place $100 

Bonus Prize $50

*We pay via PayPal, Venmo or Zelle

Good Luck!

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