If I don’t get in during the lottery, will I be given preference in future years?

If you sign up during the registration period (June 1st-20th), don’t get in during the lottery, and end up not attending YDW even if offered a spot from the waitlist; then you will get preference during the next year’s lottery. If this happens to you twice in a row, the 3rd year you will get in automatically.

Again, we don’t yet know exactly what form this preference will take but it will probably be weighted similarly to being a newcomer.