Feb 14, 2019

The New York Times Learning Network - Editorial Contest

  • Crimson Education
  • Worldwide, China
Multiple Competition Skill Building


The New York Times hosts different contests every year as an essential part of its mission of “teaching and learning with The New York Times.” Via essays, editorials, political cartoons, photography, videos, poetry, podcasts or culture reviews, NYT aims to hear from teenagers around the world on the issues and ideas of the day.

Some of the winning student work has been featured in print in a new quarterly Times education section.

2020 Editorial Contest:

Every school day, we use our daily Student Opinion feature to invite teenagers to share their opinions about questions we pose — and hundreds do, posting arguments, reflections and anecdotes.

Now, for the seventh year in a row, we’re inviting them to make those thoughts into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays like the editorials The New York Times publishes every day.

Students, the challenge is fairly straightforward. Choose a topic you care about — whether it’s something we’ve addressed on this site or not — then gather evidence from sources both within and outside The New York Times and write a concise editorial (450 words or fewer) to convince readers of your view.


Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




In 2018, received 9,275 essays — 9 winners, 26 runners-up and 38 honorable mentions

Participation Cost




Minimum Technical Skill Needed

English writing, critical thinking, analytical skills 

Contest Rubric here.

Time Commitment


Application Deadline

Closed for 2020, TBA for 2021.

Application Process Includes

Complete the online submission form