Summer Reading Contest Week 1: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

Our 12th Annual Summer Reading Contest begins!

This contest is open to college students 11-19 from wherever in the world. To take part, submit a response by 9 a.m. Eastern on June 18 that solutions the questions “What got your attention in The New York Times this week? Why?”

If you’re 13 or older and stay in the United States, or 16 or older from wherever else in the world, submit your response in the remark part. If you’re 11-12 and stay in the United States, or 11-15 and stay in one other nation, see the underside of this submit for particulars on tips on how to submit.

Responses have to be 1500 characters — about 250 phrases — or fewer.

What do you have to select? Well, as you already know from the principles we’ve posted, you’ll be able to decide something printed on in 2021, together with articles, essays, movies, images, podcasts or infographics.

So what did you learn, watch or take heed to this week? Maybe you had been consumed by front-page headlines about coronavirus vaccines or the photo voltaic eclipse — or perhaps you had been extra taken with information about proms, commencement and teenage summer time staff. We don’t care what you select, we simply wish to hear why.

We hope you’ll click on round and discover your individual nice articles, options and multimedia. But we additionally know that not everybody who participates has a Times subscription. Because all hyperlinks to Times content material from the scholar options on our website are free, each week we’ll attempt to assist by posting fascinating items from a wide range of sections.

For instance, this week you will have learn front-page information articles like …

VideoThe solar was virtually utterly blotted out by the moon simply after dawn on Thursday, making a “ring of fire.” Solar eclipses occur each couple of years.CreditCredit…By The Associated Press and Reuters

Highlights From the ‘Ring of Fire’ Solar Eclipse at Sunrise

Senate Report Details Security Failures in Jan. 6 Capitol Riot

Wealthiest Executives Paid Little to Nothing in Federal Income Taxes, Report Says

Floyd Mayweather vs. Logan Paul Ends Without a Knockout

Jeff Bezos Will Fly Aboard Blue Origin’s First Human Trip to Space

How Thousands of Indigenous Children Vanished in Canada

U.S. Seizes Share of Ransom From Hackers in Colonial Pipeline Attack

Harry and Meghan Announce Birth of Second Baby, Lilibet Diana

As Vaccines Turn Pandemic’s Tide, U.S. and Europe Diverge on Path Forward

As Texas Abortion Law Nears, Opponents Amplify a Valedictorian’s Speech

Or, perhaps you found tales in the Style, International, Sports, Magazine, Arts, U.S., Travel, Science, Health or Smarter Living sections like …

Gymnastics’ scoring system could not totally worth the vault Simone Biles pulled off Saturday.Credit…Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Simone Biles Dials Up the Difficulty, ‘Because I Can’

How ‘Friends’ Helps People Around the World Learn English

The Luckiest Workers in America? Teenagers.

U.S. Faces Outbreak of Anti-Semitic Threats and Violence

Disputing Racism’s Reach, Republicans Rattle American Schools

The Internet’s Favorite Catalog of Weird Places Rewrites History

Our Digital Pasts Weren’t Supposed to Be Weaponized Like This

Why Teens Need a Break This Summer

Why Are We All Talking About U.F.O.s Right Now?

What Is ‘Cheugy’? You Know It When You See It.

14 Excerpts from Commencement Speeches Without the Word C*vid

With Her Candor, Osaka Adds to Conversation About Mental Health

Become an Outdoor Scientist

The Zombie-Mall Weirdness of Going to the Movies Again

One Summer, 73 Books

‘What Do I Do Next?’: Orphaned by Covid, Two Teens Find Their Way

‘No One’s Ever Talked to Me About This Before’

Her High School Said She Ranked Third in Her Class. So She Went to Court.

Elephant Trunks: Is There Anything They Can’t Do?

With ‘In the Heights,’ Anthony Ramos Finds Stardom on His Own Terms

What It’s Like to Be a Teenage Mom During the Pandemic

Lesbians in Ballet: ‘Has Anyone Like Me Ever Walked These Halls?’

The Cost of Being an ‘Interchangeable Asian’

An Arms Race in America: Gun Buying Spiked During the Pandemic. It’s Still Up.

Young Creators Are Burning Out and Breaking Down

The Boys in Their Summer Dresses

Here’s the Arctic Station That Keeps Satellites Connected

Have Three Children? No Way, Many Chinese Say.

X is the Best Letter in the Alphabet

If images, movies, graphics or podcasts are extra your model, perhaps these received your consideration …

VideoCreditCredit…By The New York Times

Skateboarding’s Cardinal Rule: Dare to Be You

The Month New York Woke Up

How Do Animals Safely Cross a Highway? Take a Look.

Pandemic or Not, Proms Are Back

The Persistent Grip of Social Class on College Admissions

Your Body Survived a Pandemic. Don’t Punish It With Diet Fads.

5 Minutes That Will Make You Love Percussion

‘Sway’ Podcast | Women’s Basketball Is on the Rise. Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Can Removing Highways Fix America’s Cities?

Summer Recipes: Salads, Hot Dogs, Cocktails and More

Or, perhaps you got here throughout an fascinating essay in the Opinion part, like …

Credit…Sorayut Yookham/EyeEm, through Getty Images

My Ears Might Never Be Bored Again

The Case for Paying All Teachers Six Figures

How Young G.O.P. Leaders Sold Out Their Generation

Did the Pandemic Change Summer Reading for Good? I Hope So.

Vaccinate the World! The Best Investment Ever.

What I’ve Learned Teaching the Tulsa Race Massacre for Two Decades

Media Groupthink and the Lab-Leak Theory

In 17 Years, I Will Still Know My Own Heart

How the Father of Modern Policing ‘Abolished’ the Police

You May Live a Lot Longer

A Doctor’s Call to Return to the Activities You Love

Don’t Kill Remote Learning. Black and Brown Families Need It.

Whatever caught your eye, inform us about it.

Need extra particulars? The contest guidelines are all right here, and you may learn the work of final yr’s winners right here. A fast overview, although:

You can select from something printed in the print paper or on in 2021, together with movies, podcasts, graphics and pictures. (In your response, please embody the URL or headline of the piece you decide.)

We’ll submit this query every Friday from at present by means of Aug. 13, and also you’ll have till the subsequent Friday morning to reply along with your picks. Then we’ll shut that submit and open a brand new one with the identical query.

We’ll select at the very least one favourite reply to function on our website every week. Winners from this week might be introduced on June 29.

Feel free to take part every week, however we enable just one submission per individual per week.

The contest is open to college students ages 11 to 19 from wherever in the world. If you’re 13 or older and stay in the United States, or 16 or older from wherever else in the world, submit your response in the feedback part. If you’re between the ages of 11 and 12 and stay in the United States, or 11 and 15 and stay in one other nation, you could have a mum or dad, guardian or trainer submit in your behalf utilizing the shape beneath. All entries from the feedback part and the shape beneath might be judged collectively.

Summer Reading Contest Submission Form: Week 1

Parents, guardians and academics ought to use this kind on behalf of scholars ages 11-12 in the United States and ages 11-15 outdoors the United States.