This teen essay contest invites high school students to connect a topic studied in the classroom with a New York Times article, video or podcast. Explore connections, draw parallels or explain the topic’s relevance for today.
Eligibility: Ages 13 – 19
Prize: Publication in The New York Times
How to Enter: Find link in above article.
- Choose some piece of academic content: something you’ve been reading, discussing or learning about in school. It may be a work of literature, an event in history, a concept in civics, a phenomenon in science or something else entirely. It can be as small as a single haiku or as large as a world-changing event like the Industrial Revolution.
- Find something published in The New York Times in 2018 or 2019 (article, Op-Ed, image, video, graphic or podcast, etc.) that you think connects to your chosen subject in some interesting, meaningful way, and explain how.
- What relevance does your academic content have to our world today?
- What does it have to do with your life and the lives of those around you?
- What parallels do you see between it and something happening in our culture or the news?
- What lessons does it offer for us today?
- Tell us in 450 words or fewer, how and why the two things connect.
Deadline: January 21, 2019