Youth Ki Awaaz is a people’s platform. Writers from diverse backgrounds publish their stories here every day. YKA aims to be a safe space for young India to discuss, debate and share their ideas.
As a community, we strive to support, listen, engage and even draw lines, but without dismissals, or put-downs. Here are some points to keep in mind while publishing:
You are welcome to submit news reports, articles, op-eds, photo stories, videos, infographics, poems and personal stories on issues of importance. However, we do not publish fiction. As of now, we only publish stories in English and Hindi. If you wish to share a video in another language, then it will need to have subtitles. We currently only cover the following broad categories: society and its issues, culture, human rights, environment, politics, gender, sex and sexuality, human rights, popular culture, education, entrepreneurship and stories of social change. We encourage you to post about intersectional topics, for e.g. topics related to the intersectionality of sports and social change.
Anything that violates or infringes upon someone else’ rights and attacks them personally for their beliefs and choices will not be accepted. You can attack the argument but not the individual.
We have all kinds of people belonging to different faiths, nationalities and all across the gender and sexuality spectrum contributing to our community. And we love ‘em and are proud of all of them. Which also means, no content that is in any way discriminatory in nature towards any community shall be tolerated on the platform.
Some things and some people can really piss one off. And we know that feeling where you just want to vent! But content of this kind seldom leads to meaningful debates. It’s great for personal sharing but here, let’s just stick to substantiated stuff that people can engage with.
C’mon, you know this is wrong. We know context means a lot and so we will keep that in mind, but at no point will anything that suggests violence be put on the platform.
We do not accept press releases, advertorials, or any content that is promotional of a commercial good/service/organisation or individual. If you’d like to run a campaign on something that you or your organisation is doing, please feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Plagiarism or copying content from others is nothing less than stealing. Any post found to have been plagiarised will be taken down.
What broadly counts as plagiarism:
You can read up more on plagiarism and how to not do it, here.
If you are using facts/stats/data/quotes from external sources, make you sure add a link to the source either at the end of the post, or hyperlink the relevant words. In case your source is not online, mention full name in footnotes.
It is a crime to create, display, distribute, import, or publish pornography or obscene materials. You have been warned.
Do not spam, or use tags or links or misleading information about what you have posted. Don't embed malicious code in your posts or use deceptive ways to generate revenues or traffic. Don’t write posts aimed at affiliate marketing.
Don’t post content that violates others’ privacy, including identifying a person or confidential information like credit card numbers, social security numbers, or non-public contact information.
Don’t impersonate someone else to deceive people. Parody is fine, but make that clear.
Any content that violates the above guidelines will be immediately taken down when it comes to our notice. In some case, we will also take down specific lines, words of phrases in your posts that violate these guidelines.
Fairness and the freedom of speech and expression are core to YKA’s existence. And we do believe that the best way to counter opposing ideas is to battle ‘em out with more ideas. Censorship is not the solution.
However, while trying our best to implement the above, we do reserve the right to remove any comment or post without prior notice, for reasons, especially to protect the rights of other community members and our services. These are guidelines only and do not place any obligation on us to act a certain way.
If you find a post that violates these guidelines and has not been taken down, please "Report" the post immediately to us, using the report option or email us at email@example.com.
We are growing as a community every day with many new writers joining us every week. Therefore, we have come up with some new and exciting ideas to show the amazing and diverse content we have! All the articles will now fall under three broad categories: Staff Picks, Trending and Latest.
Here’s all you need to know:
Once you hit publish, the post goes live immediately on Youth Ki Awaaz. It is then slotted in the Latest section, post review by a YKA Community Editor. Depending on the quality of your writing or the uniqueness of your story, your story could also feature in the Trending or the Staff Picks section of the homepage.
Hundreds of posts are published on YKA every day. These will now get featured and highlighted on the platform through votes and views.
Yes, you can do that yourself! As soon as you hit publish, share your article on your social media accounts and with your friends and family. Once your post starts getting some views, it will gradually make its way up to our algorithm and feature in the trending section of the homepage basis how it’s fairing compared to other posts published in the last seven days.
Another way to make it to the trending section is via votes. Encourage your readers to upvote your articles and YKA’s algorithm will help it rise the ladder and reach more people.
You can also help your fellow writers trend on YKA by sharing their pieces and upvoting them.
These are stories hand-picked by the YKA staff. Articles that get featured in this section must meet the following criteria:
Absolutely. If your article meets the above criteria it could be featured in staff picks. Write the story the best way you can, hit us up if you need feedback. And do check out the Writers’ Resource Centre for more on this!
Every single article published on YKA deserves its space. You can read and discover all the raw, latest stories straight from the community in this section (after being reviewed, of course). We strongly recommend you to engage with these stories: share, comment and upvote. Show your fellow writers some love!