New York Times Eighth Student Editorial Contest

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New York Times Eighth Student Editorial Contest

What irritates you? What are some of the things you’d like to see changed? What would you like for more people to understand? Thousands of teens from around the world have responded to these questions in the form of brief opinion essays sent to The New York Times annual spring Editorial Contest over the last seven years. Applications are now open for this exciting competition attracting talents from across the world. So, if you are a budding author, writer, poet eagerly looking for opportunities to showcase your talent then, this opportunity is for you! This competition is only open to middle schoolers.

The New York Times annual spring Editorial Contest is an initiative of the “The New York Times” to encourage budding writers. The competition gives the winner a chance to have their work published in the New York Times! They are looking for writers who can not only use solid arguments to support their assertions, they also use voice, style, and rhetorical flourishes to reach their audience.

The New York Times is committed to delivering on-the-ground, expert, and thoroughly reported investigative news to help people understand the world. They seek the facts and assist others in comprehending the universe. This mission derives from their conviction that excellent journalism has the potential to improve and enrich the lives of all readers, as well as making society healthier and more equal.

Brief Description

The following table provides an overview of the entire scholarship:

Organization The New York Times Company
Educational Level High school or middle school students
Subjects All
Amount Varies
Access Mode Online
Number of Awards 1
City New York
Nationality Domestic and international 
Country United States
Application Deadline April 13, 2021
Application Fees None
Requirement Essay

Who May Be Eligible

Middle school or high school students aged 11 to 19 are only eligible to apply. Middle school begins in sixth grade for children in the United States; students outside of the United States must be at least 11 years old to enrol. This contest is not available to the children and stepchildren of New York Times workers, nor to students who live in the same household as those employees.

How to Apply

To get the application form and the details regarding the same, please Click Here.

You will need to submit one of the following forms:

  1. Teacher/Parent Submission Form: Any middle or high school student between the ages of 11 and 19 will apply on behalf of an adult.
  2. Individual Submission Form: Use this form if you are an adult writing on behalf of a single student.
  3. Bulk Submission Form: Use this bulk submission form if you are adult filing submissions on behalf of several students.

Supporting Documents

Applicants are required to submit a 450-word essay on something that matters to them. Through this, they must convince the readers to care about it as well.


The winner gets the prestigious opportunity of being able to have your work featured in the print New York Times and have your work published on The Learning Network. This will be a massive achievement for any aspiring writers and will open up many more opportunities for them.

Application Deadline

The applications are open till April 13, 2021. To be considered for this competition, please send your entries by then.

Apply Now

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