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Teen Article Submission Details, Terms & Information


  • Article submission is open to SLFCU members age 13-17 in good standing.
  • Teens must have their own primary SLFCU account or be the beneficiary of a custodial account at SLFCU.
  • Teens who have previously been awarded money for an article that was selected for publishing are eligible to submit a new article for consideration.


  • Must be the teen’s original work, not copied from any other source, and must be authored solely by the teen.
  • Must be 250-500 words in length and include a title, which won't be added toward the word count.
  • Must explore a financial topic suitable for publication in SLFCU’s Dollars & Sense newsletter and on
  • Topics may include, but are not limited to: money lessons learned; earning, saving, or managing money; budgeting; or an interview with someone about a financial topic.
  • If applicable, must cite sources used (for instance, if the article quotes a news source or website).


  • A parent or guardian’s contact information must be provided. SLFCU will only contact this adult and will never contact the teen directly.
  • Permission must be provided for SLFCU to make changes or edits to the article prior to publication.
  • By submitting an article for consideration, both the parent or guardian and the teen are providing permission to SLFCU to publish the article in print and electronic publications.
  • SLFCU will request a photo of the teen if their article is chosen for publication. If provided, both the parent or guardian and the teen are giving permission to SLFCU to use the teen’s name and photograph in connection with the published article.


  • SLFCU will review all submissions and respond within 30 days.
  • If an article is not selected, SLFCU may contact the parent or guardian with suggestions for the teen to improve the article.
  • If the article is selected, SLFCU may contact the parent or guardian to discuss edits. In addition, SLFCU may ask the parent to convey any questions or clarifications regarding the article. The teen should work in a timely manner to provide SLFCU with edits to facilitate publication.
  • After selection and final edits are complete, SLFCU will coordinate with the parent or guardian to deposit $100 to the teen’s SLFCU checking or savings account, or write a check made payable to the teen and sent to the address on file for the teen’s SLFCU account.
  • Tax liability on prize monies is the responsibility of the recipient.


Submit an article here.

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