Student Voices Project

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The results of the fifth annual Student Voices Project are featured in the May 2018 issue and online here. Stay tuned for the announcement of next year’s project in the fall.

2017–2018 SVP Theme: Testimony Stories

Stories create community, enable us to see through the eyes of other people, and open us to the claims of others. —Peter Forbes, photographer and author

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to communicate an idea, share an experience, or highlight a revelation. Stories can enable understanding and empathy between two opposing groups; and they can strengthen bonds between those with like minds. Quakers have been telling stories for hundreds of years in order to connect with each other and the wider world about their beliefs and experiences. Many of the most memorable Quaker stories involve our testimonies of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, and stewardship.

We read the great biographies or journals of Friends often because they are inspiring stories and they cause us to reflect upon our own lives and our own experience in fresh ways that we might not have thought of otherwise.    —Doug Gwyn, Quaker minister and author (QuakerSpeak​.com video interview, July 2017)

Tell us a story about how one of the Quaker testimonies was made real to you in your life. We’re looking for true tales that involve you somehow and illustrate how a testimony went from abstract concept to real-life presence.

Below is a list of ten examples of story-driven articles published in Friends Journal recently. Three of them are by high-school students*, and they range in length from 535 to 1885 words.

Submission guidelines

  • Stories must be true and personal with an original title.
  • Written submissions only, and they must be typed.
  • Word count: between 300 and 1,500 words.
  • Submit individual entries via Submittable.

Deadline: February 12, 2018

Submit individual entries via Submittable.

Check out the honorees from past years:

Middle school students gather at Friends' Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. (courtesy of the school)

Middle school students gather at Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, Pa. (courtesy of the school)

Email [email protected]​friendsjournal.​org with any questions.

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