Writing Contests for Students
The Learning Network from The New York Times hosts several writing competitions each year, including:
- Editorial Cartoon Contest Students aged 13-19 can submit one image capturing their opinion about a topic. Due mid-October.
- Year in Rap Contest Individually or in groups, students can submit a 12-16 line rap capturing the news of the year. Due mid-January.
- Student Reviews Contest 450 words or less; reviews can be about any subject; one submission per person. Due at the end of November.
- 15 Second Vocabulary Video Contest students aged 13-19 should create a video of 15 seconds or less, using a word from The New York Times’ vocabulary collection. Partner and group work is permitted. Due at the end of February.
- Student Editorial Contest In teams or as individuals, students submit an editorial up to 450 words. Students must draw on at least one source from The Times and one non-Times source. Due at the end of March.
- Found Poetry Contest 14 lines or fewer; students may work in groups. Due at the beginning of May.
- Summer Reading Contest Students answer the question: “What interested you most in The Times this week. Why? Students may submit up to once a week; submissions should range from 250-300 words. Submissions accepted from mid-June through the end of August.
The Learning Network publishes a comprehensive list of contests and information at the beginning of September each year.