But many of the things you once had to experience in person, you can now experience online, and you can review any of those that fit into the categories of expression outlined above. Stream a theatrical performance, visit a virtual art gallery, watch dance on YouTube or laugh at comedy on Zoom. Remember, your digital experience — good or bad — can be part of your review.
And, of course, consider the things you can do outside safely, like visiting a piece of architecture, watching an outdoor performance or checking out public art.
Is there anything I can’t write about?
We invite you to review anything that fits into a category of creative expression covered by The Times. For example, you could review BTS’s latest album because The Times reviews music; but you could not review Santa Cruz decks and wheels because The Times does not review skateboards.
In addition, keep in mind that the work you send in should be appropriate for a Times audience — that is, something that could be published in a family newspaper (so, please, no curse words).
Can I have someone else check my work?
We understand that students will often revise their work based on feedback from teachers and peers. That is allowed for this contest. However, be sure that the final submission reflects the ideas, voice and writing ability of the student, not someone else.
Do I need a Works Cited page?
Our submission form does not allow for a separate Works Cited page for this contest. If you are quoting from another source or referencing someone else’s ideas, you should give appropriate credit in the review itself.
Here is an example of how to do so from one of last year’s winning reviews about New York City’s Penn Station:
As Vincent Scully, the late art critic, famously noted, “One entered the city like a god … One scuttles in now like a rat.” That blustery Friday afternoon, it wasn’t too hard to see Mr. Scully’s point.
Questions About Judging
How will my review be judged?
Your work will be read by New York Times journalists as well as by Learning Network staff members and educators from around the United States. We will use this rubric to judge entries.