Write a letter or poem to your younger self about why he or she shouldn’t worry about the future


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All Entries must be in by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Friday, May 24th, 2024

Those moving on to round two will be notified by July 24th

Voting will take place from July 24th to midnight on August 26th

Winners will be announced August 27th

Read the Rules before you enter.

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1st place prize – $200 – selected by judges

2nd place prize $50 -selected by judges

Bonus prize—selected by votes—is a digital billboard for one hour or $25 (we do not have access to billboards in every city).


The Rules


Write a letter to your younger self about why you should not worry. 


You must be over 18 and a member of The Unsealed Community. You must remain a member of The Unsealed throughout the contest to remain eligible. 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 May 24th, 2024 Eastern Time

Those moving on to round two will be notified by July 24th

Voting will take place from July 24th to August 26th

Winners will be announced August 27th

Letter Requirements

  • Entries must be in English
  • They must be typed and submitted on theunsealed.com
  • Your entry must be a true story about your life
  • The letter/poem can’t mention anyone’s name except yourself (For 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/poem must be original writing from the person submitting the letter/poem.
  • The letter/poem must not have been published anywhere else
  • The letter/poem can’t can’t be defamatory toward another person or say anything negative about an identifiable person (even if it’s true)
  • The letter must be less than 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

Members of the media and The Unsealed will judge the contest. Below is a sample of some of the people who have judged our contests in the past. 

Our judges will be members of the media, including but not limited to Willard Ogan (Managing Editor at the Black News Channel), Tim Graham (writer at The Athletic), Branson Wright (journalist/filmmaker), Mo Brooks ( nba.com writer), Gab Kreuz (sportscaster), Ron Insana (CNBC Contributor) and Willie Parker (Assignment manager at Stadium/Marquee Sports Network).

What the letters will be judged on

  • 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?

Good Luck!

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