Teenage Diaries turns 16, still seeking young voices.

Teenage Diaries, a project that encourages young men and women to record personal stories for a shot at national airtime on NPR, is celebrating its “sweet 16″ this year, along with its parent, Radio Diaries. The program is partnering with online storytelling collaborative Cowbird in an effort to obtain 300 new diaries, the best of which will be curated and featured on NPR.org in December 2012, to go along with an on-air broadcast catching up with the original Teenage Diaries stars. Radio Diaries will also select two submissions to workshop into full-length pieces for air, and the finished pieces will run on NPR in 2013.

To submit, teens must sign up with Cowbird and write “diary entries” of 100 to 400 words in length about a significant moment in their lives, with optional audio submission. More details are available on the Radio Diaries web page. There is no hard deadline, but teens should get their stories up by the end of this year.

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