Our 2021-22 Student Contest Calendar

Note: This calendar is accessible as a printable PDF.

Tens of hundreds of scholars from world wide participated in our contests through the 2020-21 faculty yr, creating podcasts, writing editorials, making movies, reviewing arts and tradition, composing narratives, investigating scientific phenomena, documenting their pandemic experiences, discussing politics and extra.

Teachers inform us they worth our contests as a result of they invite college students to take the abilities they be taught in class and use them to create for an genuine viewers. Students inform us they just like the number of methods they will categorical themselves — and, after all, the boldness increase when they’re acknowledged for his or her efforts. For us, these contests deepen our every day mission: to assist youngsters interact with what’s taking place on the planet, and present them that their voices and concepts matter.

All of our typical annual contests are again this yr, together with an up to date version of final fall’s Coming of Age problem. And we’ve added one thing new for subsequent spring: A contest that invitations college students to analysis, interview and photograph an attention-grabbing particular person, after which introduce that particular person in a journalistic profile.

As every contest goes reside, we are going to add a hyperlink on this web page. For these contests which have run prior to now, you’ll be able to be taught extra now by clicking on the “Rules and Guidelines” for every, and having a look at each the associated unit and the work of earlier pupil winners.

To discover out extra about our contests basically, scroll to the underside of this publish. If you’ve another questions, please write to us at [email protected] or publish a remark right here.

Sept. 15-Oct. 27, 2021

Coming of Age in 2021: A Multimedia Contest for Teenagers

The world is simply starting to emerge from a disaster that has challenged and altered all of us. Who are you now? How do you assume the final yr and a half has formed — and can proceed to form — you and your technology?

What are you able to present or inform us that may assist clarify what it’s prefer to be a youngster in 2021?

We wish to hear your solutions to those questions in no matter manner you wish to reply, whether or not in phrases or photographs, audio or video. Like final fall’s Coming of Age in 2020 Contest, this problem is an invite to doc, mirror and categorical your self creatively on any side, massive or small, of what it means to be rising up on this extraordinary second.

For inspiration, check out the work of the 2020 winners, and go to the associated writing unit.

OCT. 13-NOV. 17, 2021

Personal Narrative Writing Contest

Write a brief, highly effective story a few significant expertise out of your life — in 600 phrases or fewer. Here are final yr’s guidelines. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2020 winners, and go to the associated writing unit.

Nov. 10-Dec. 15, 2021

Review Contest

Review a e-book, film, restaurant, album, theatrical manufacturing, online game, dance, TV present, artwork exhibition or another sort of work The Times critiques. Here are final yr’s guidelines and tips. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2020 winners and go to the associated writing unit.

Dec. 1, 2021-Jan. 12, 2022

Vocabulary Video Contest

Produce a 15-second video in regards to the which means of one in every of our Words of the Day. Here are final yr’s guidelines and tips. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2020 winners, and take a look at our smaller month-to-month challenges that additionally assist college students construct their vocabulary abilities.

Jan. 5-Feb. 16, 2022

New! Profile Contest

Choose an attention-grabbing particular person to analysis, interview, photograph and write about in a chunk modeled on New York Times columns like Character Study and The Saturday Profile. Students may fit in pairs.

Coming quickly: A full unit, together with lesson plans, mentor texts, writing prompts and extra, to assist stroll contributors via the method.

Feb. 2-March 9, 2022

STEM Writing Contest

Explain a posh and attention-grabbing science, math, engineering or expertise idea to a basic viewers, utilizing the Science Times column Trilobites as a mannequin. Here are final yr’s guidelines and tips. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2020 winners and go to the associated writing unit.

March 2-APRIL 13, 2022

Editorial Contest

Write an editorial on a difficulty that issues to you. Here are final yr’s guidelines. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2019-20 winners and go to the associated writing unit.

APRIL 6-MAY 18, 2022

Podcast Contest

Make an unique podcast of 5 minutes or much less that informs or entertains listeners. Here are final yr’s guidelines and tips. For inspiration, check out the work of the 2019-20 winners and go to the associated writing unit.

JUNE 10-AUG. 19, 2022

Summer Reading Contest

Tell us what you’re studying in The Times and why. Each Friday for 10 weeks we publish a brand new invitation like this one, and also you publish a remark in response. Here are this yr’s guidelines and tips. For inspiration, check out the work of previous winners and the associated writing unit.

Additional Weekly and Monthly Challenges

Throughout the college yr we run further challenges to encourage and have a good time college students. Our month-to-month Vocabulary Challenges encourage college students to construct their vocabulary data, and our weekly Current Events Conversations encourage college students to submit feedback in response to our writing prompts.

Sept. 2021-May 2022

Monthly Vocabulary Challenges

Our first yearlong slate of Vocabulary Challenges invitations college students to interact with phrases via writing, drawing and video manufacturing, and to attach vocabulary phrases to the issues they examine within the paper and observe in their very own lives. Visit our calendar of month-to-month Vocabulary Challenges to be taught extra.

Sept. 2021-May 2022

Weekly Current Events Conversation Challenges

We invite college students to react to the information through our every day writing prompts, and every week we publish a choice of their feedback in a roundup for the world to learn. Plus, we give a shout-out to new faculties that be part of the dialog.

A Few More Details About Our Contests

View the runners-up of our eighth Annual Editorial Contest. Credit…Na Kim

Why can we run so many contests? We imagine in pupil voice. We need younger folks to be lively content material creators, not simply customers. And we’re proud to supply locations the place they will create for an genuine viewers of scholars, lecturers, dad and mom and different readers from world wide.

Here’s how they work:

All of our contests besides one are open to college students ages 11 to 19 who’re in center faculty or highschool world wide. For college students within the United States, we think about center faculty to start in sixth grade. Students in decrease grades can not take part.

Please notice our one exception: Because its focus is teenagehood, Coming of Age in 2021 is open solely to those that are 13 to 19 years previous, although contributors can be part of from anyplace on the planet.

All contests besides Summer Reading start and finish on Wednesdays. On the day every contest begins, we are going to add a hyperlink right here, on this web page, to the competition announcement so college students and lecturers can submit entries.

The work college students ship us is at all times thought of by our workers and different specialists, whether or not they’re Times journalists, outdoors educators from companion organizations or skilled practitioners in a associated discipline. For instance, we’ve members of the Times podcast workforce assist choose our podcast contest and Opinion writers and editors assist choose our editorial contest. Judging for our contests is blind. That means we see solely the entries themselves, and never pupil names or faculties after we make our selections.

About eight weeks after the competition closes, we’ll announce the winners, runners-up and honorable mentions. We normally have a good time dozens of scholars for every contest.

Winners get their work revealed on The Learning Network. Some might also be featured in a particular part of the print New York Times.

Our contests are an integral part of our free school-year writing curriculum, which presents every day writing actions, mentor texts and associated lesson plans to arrange college students for every contest.

Please learn our further eligibility guidelines (for instance, about college students taking a niche yr) and submission guidelines (for instance, about plagiarism) on this web page.

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We can’t wait to see what college students create this faculty yr!