The New York Times 14th Annual Summer Reading Contest
Calling all middle and high school students! The New York Times invites you to participate in our 14th Annual Summer Reading Contest. Discover the joy of reading by choosing any article published on NYTimes.com in 2023 and sharing why it captured your attention. Our contest runs from June 9 to Aug. 18, giving you ample time to explore and express your thoughts. Don't miss this opportunity to engage with the world through The Times!
- You can select any article, Op-Ed, video, graphic, photo, or podcast from The New York Times.
- Submit your response by posting a comment each week, starting from June 9.
- Your submission should be 1,500 characters or fewer.
- The contest is open to middle and high school students worldwide.
- Winners will have their work published on The Learning Network.
How to Participate
To participate, simply visit the contest page on The Learning Network each week to find the latest question: "What got your attention in The Times this week?" Leave your response as a comment, and remember to check back on Tuesdays to see if you're one of the winners. If you don't have a digital subscription to The Times, don't worry! You can access all Learning Network posts and linked Times articles without a subscription.
Resources for Teachers, Students, and Parents
Preparing for the contest is easy with our range of helpful resources:
- Writing Resources and Lesson Plans: Access our unit on independent reading and writing, including prompts and mentor texts.
- Student Mentors: Learn from previous winners and their winning entries.
- Webinars: Watch informative webinars to gain insights and ideas for teaching with the contest.
- Our Rubric: Familiarize yourself with the judging criteria used in the contest.
- Frequently Asked Questions: Find answers to common queries about the contest.
Don't miss out on this incredible opportunity to read, reflect, and share your thoughts with a global audience. Join our 14th Annual Summer Reading Contest and let your voice be heard!