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Identity Identification

Identity Identification

Words and imagery by Jack, 19 VIC I am an outsider. I am a man. I am young. I am an autistic person. It’s important to define what you are. Not in words, or for anyone else to hear. But it’s important to know who...

Sharks are Kings of the Ocean

Words by Tim, 24 VICIllustration by Aileen You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc Sharks are seriously misunderstood creatures. Sharks are one of the only living...


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The Platform

What is the website for? WhyNot? is a new online space for young Australians supported by the YMCA in Australia. WhyNot? is for young Australians, by young Australians – it’s a platform to amplify our voices, support...

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Ready to have your say? Great! You can submit here. What kind of content are we looking for? WhyNot? is a collection of stories and ideas, uncensored, un-institutionalised, and without any other agenda than to make sure...

Will I be paid?

YMCA is committed to paying up to five young people for their contributions each month, for $100 each. From time to time, we may also directly commission work on topical issues! An editorial committee of young people...

How to invoice

For a lot of younger emerging writers, invoicing can be a daunting process. Maybe Why Not? is the first place you’ve written for, and you’re not sure how it all works. That’s OK! Every writer was in this position once...

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