Feb 14, 2019

The New York Times Learning Network - Summer Reading 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.

Since 2018, some of our winning student work has been featured in print in a new quarterly Times education section.

Summer Reading Contest

Every year since 2010 The New York Times have invited teenagers around the world to add The New York Times to their summer reading lists, and, so far, over 30,000 have.

At a time when breaking-news alerts are as constant as concerns about “fake news,” teachers and students alike may feel that keeping up with a reliable source of information is more important than ever. We hope our 10-week contest can make that easy.

But we also hope students will realize that reading The Times is fun. We ask, “What interested you most in The Times this week? Why?” each Friday for 10 weeks. ” You then have until the following Friday to answer, when a team of Times journalists choose their favorite responses, and we publish them online.

For more information visit the official website here.

Type of Opportunity

Extracurricular Activity

Age Range




In 2018, we received more than 12,000 submissions from around the world, setting a record for this contest, which has run since 2010. Each week we agonized, trying to choose a single winner

Participation Cost


Minimum Technical Skill Needed

English reading and writing

Time Commitment


Application Deadline

Aug. 23, 2019

Application Process Includes

Will be updated in late April or early May 2019

2018 process:

• The contest runs from June 15 to Aug. 24.

• Every Friday beginning June 15, we will publish a post asking the same two questions: What interested you most in The Times this week? Why? You can always find that link in an update at the top of this page.

 Anyone 13 to 19 years old from anywhere in the world can post an answer any week until Friday, Aug. 24, and contestants can choose from any Times article, essay, video, interactive, podcast or photograph published in 2018, on any topic they like.

• Every Tuesday starting July 3 we will announce winners from a previous week and publish their writing.