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New York Times
Student Review Contest

Do you like to strong critiques and reactions to books, painting, music, opera, architecture, movies, TV shows, restaurants, or videogames (you get the idea)? Or, do you want to improve your writing skills in general? If so, the New York Times' Sixth Annual Student Review Contest is for you. Choose anything that is a new experience and fits into a category of creative expression that The New York Times covers, from architecture to music, and write a review of 450 words or fewer.

Who's eligible

Middle and high school students ages 13 to 19 years old in the United States and the United Kingdom, and students ages 16 to 19 years old anywhere else in the world, can submit their own entries. 


The review must be 450 words or fewer, not including the title.
Your essay should be original for this contest.
While many of our contests allow students to work in teams, for this one you must work alone.

Submission Deadline

November - December

The Prize

Winners, runnerup, honorable mention.
Having your work published on The Learning Network and being eligible to be chosen to have your work published in the print New York Times.

Competition Details

  • Introduction: The New York Times invites students to play critic and write an original review for their New York Times Student Review Contest. Students can review anything that fits into a category of creative expression that The New York Times covers — from architecture to music.
  • Review Limit: 450 words or fewer, not including the title. One entry per student
  • Category: architecture, art, books, comedy, dance, fashion, hotels, movies, music, podcasts, restaurants, technology, theater, TV show, video games (Please note that The Times no longer reviews video games, but we still allow the category for our contest.)

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