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Reflections Next Victim | WhyNot

Reflections Next Victim

Words by Rebecca, 18 VICIllustration by Aileen You can find more of her work on Instagram @cartoonsforsanity and @aileenetc I wrote this poem two years ago during my teenage years, before recently coming...

Get Comfortable Feeling Uncomfortable

Words by Gemma, 26 QLDPhoto by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash We’ve all been presented with an opportunity at some point, when it comes your way, have you made the most of it or let it pass you by? Did you just go with...


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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...

Have your say

It’s a platform to amplify our voices, support and learn from each other, and resist stereotypes. We have opinions just like everyone else – and we deserve to be heard.

How do you submit content?

Ready to submit your work? Great! You can submit your work via this link Alternatively, if you have hassles accessing the link please email your submission to: whynot@ymca.org.au What kind of content are we looking for...

Will I be paid?

YMCA is committed to paying up to five young people for their contributions each month, for $50 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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