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New Dream Stories Project

Are you a young person who has strong feelings about consumption and advertising?

    • Do you have a story to tell about how you’ve been treated differently in some area of your life as it relates to consumption?
    • Do you feel targeted by advertising and media because of your age, race, gender, zip code, or other dimension of identity?
    • Is there an aspect of consumption that you feel is not being articulated widely?
    • Do you want other people to know these stories and understand your perspective?
    • Do you love to write, discuss, and/or create art on these topics?
    • And would you like to be paid for contributing content?

If any of this sounds appealing, New Dream wants to hear from you!

New Dream is accepting story ideas from young people about their personal experiences, opinions, and critiques of consumption—from the products we buy and the content we take in from screens, to the air we breathe and the food we eat.

We welcome story submissions, artwork, short videos, interviews, and more for inclusion in the New Dream Stories Project, which could include publishing on multiple platforms, including our blog, Medium publication, newsletter, social media, and podcast, and for use in fundraising and other communications.

Read the submission guidelines

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About the Project

The New Dream Stories Project wants to lift up stories not often told about the impacts of consumption on diverse communities. We seek to elevate solutions and ideas proposed by young people about how to create a livable future for all of us. We work to shift thinking around consumption to focus on the systems that compel us to consume, and not the impacts of individual actions and behaviors. 

We welcome content that uses various media, including photography, audio, and video in addition to short- and long-form narrative. Story submissions should be 1,000-2,500 words with 2-4 accompanying, relevant images and media. We will provide compensation for stories and also offer full recognition and attribution of authors. 

Read our full submission guidelines here.

We are eager to share perspectives and stories from under-represented youth voices: across political and religious beliefs, socioeconomic backgrounds, race, gender, and geographies, within North America.

Want to Bring These Stories to Life?

If you’re eager for the thoughts and perspectives of young people as they navigate and critique our high-consumption culture, become a supporter of the New Dream Stories Project! Your contribution provides compensation for young writers and artists, and helps New Dream ensure that their voices are heard within our own community and beyond. 

About New Dream

New Dream’s mission is to empower individuals, communities, and organizations to transform the ways they consume to improve well-being for people and the planet. You can read more about us here.

The overarching goal of our content and communications is to change the dominant narrative around “stuff,” “happiness,” the “good life,” and conventional notions of success and opportunity. We seek to question consumption and to explore the many ways in which we all are compelled to consume, and how that is experienced differently across race, class, gender, religion, ethnicity, ability, sexual orientation, and other dimensions of identity.