The New York Times has recently added a new contest to their lineup; the editorial. Anyone ages 13-19 can submit a short, persuasive editorial essay, writing about something that you are passionate about. Several Timber Creek High School English classes are writing pieces for the competition, but students outside those classes are also highly encouraged to enter the competition.

If students are interested in entering, you must gather information from both New York Times and non-New York Times sources to back your argument or opinion in 450 words or fewer, to convince readers of your point of view. The essay can be written on your own, or as a team effort, but it must be submitted by March 10, 2015, by 7 a.m. Eastern time.

After the deadline, New York Times will announce the editorial contest winners on April 15, 2016. The top ten essays will be chosen as the winners, and their essays will get to be published on The Learning Network. More information and requirements can be found on the New York Times’ website at:

“It’s a really good idea to enter,” TCHS sophomore Abbey Sprick says about the competition. “It’s beneficial to students that want to be writers because it gives them a good experience.”

Even if you’re not interested in a writing career, it’s a good experience to participate in.