Or, look through our list of “550 Prompts for Narrative and Personal Writing” that includes questions about childhood memories, friendship, travel, social media, food, sports, school and more. You might choose one that you enjoyed writing about to turn into your essay.5. Please don’t submit anything you have already published at the time of submission, whether in a school newspaper, for another contest or anywhere else.You are welcome to get help revising your essay, of course, but the work you submit should be fundamentally your own.6. Submissions will be disqualified if we discover you have sent in more than one entry.
Many of our contests allow students to work in teams, but for this one you must work alone.7.
For this contest, students in the United States and the United Kingdom must be from 13 to 19 years old to participate. If you have questions about the contest, feel free to write to us at [email protected]
Like that feature, which ran from 1996 to 2017, and included essays on everything from eating ramen to experiencing an emergency plane landing to wearing a monkey suit to work, we’re looking for “short, powerful stories about meaningful life experiences.” We want to hear story, told in your unique voice.
Beyond a caution to write no more than 600 words, our rules are fairly open-ended.
The children and stepchildren of the New York Times employees, or teenagers who live in the same household as a Times employee, are not eligible to enter this contest.12.
Finally, follow these instructions if you need proof that you entered this contest.In fact, over the years there have been columns dedicated to personal narratives on themes from love and family to life on campus, how we relate to animals, living with disabilities and navigating anxiety.For this new contest, our main inspiration is the long-running New York Times Magazine Lives column.It’s all in how you tell it.• Though the word “narrative” might make you think “fiction,” this story should be true. We want your personality to come across.• We also want your writing to be vivid and engaging, so that readers can imagine the scenes you describe, and feel what the narrator is feeling.Tell us about a meaningful event from your real life.• You’ll need to communicate not only what happened, but why it mattered to you. We hope you’ll edit until you’re happy with every word.• Please also remember, however, to keep your audience in mind.You may have to wait up to a week for a reply._________Resources for Teaching With This Contest Related Article | Related Lesson" class="css-1m50asq" src="https://static01com/images/2016/10/12/learning/Writing LN/Writing LN-article Large.jpg?quality=75&auto=webp&disable=upscale" src Set="https://static01com/images/2016/10/12/learning/Writing LN/Writing LN-article Large.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 600w,https://static01com/images/2016/10/12/learning/Writing LN/Writing LN-jumbo.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 650w,https://static01com/images/2016/10/12/learning/Writing LN/Writing LN-super Jumbo.jpg? quality=90&auto=webp 650w" sizes="((min-width: 600px) and (max-width: 1004px)) 84vw, (min-width: 1005px) 60vw, 100vw" item Prop="url" item ID="https://static01com/images/2016/10/12/learning/Writing LN/Writing LN-article Large.jpg?Tell us a short, powerful, true story.• Remember: This is not an invitation to give us your opinion on a topic you’re passionate about — we have a contest for that later in the year.Instead, your challenge is to tell a meaningful and interesting story — something with a beginning, middle and end.Students can enter either contest or both, and are welcome to submit work on the same theme or topic for both.Teachers from different disciplines — Art and English, for instance — might consider working cross-curricularly to help guide submissions.