Summer Reading Contest Week 2: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

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Summer Reading Contest Week 2: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

Welcome to Week Two of our 11th Annual Summer Reading Contest.

This contest is open to students 13-19 from anywhere in the world. To participate, submit a response by 9 a.m. Eastern on June 26 that answers the questions “What got your attention in The Times this week? Why?”

If you are 13 or older and live in the United States, or 16 or older from anywhere else in the world, post your response in the comment section. If you are 13-15 and live in another country, see the bottom of this post for details on how to submit.

Responses must be 1500 characters or fewer.

What should you choose? Well, as you know from the rules we’ve posted, you can pick anything published on NYTimes.com in 2019 or 2020, including articles, essays, Op-Eds, videos, photos, podcasts or infographics.

So what did you read, watch or listen to this week?

We hope you’ll click around NYTimes.com and find your own great articles, features and multimedia. But we also know that not everyone who participates has a Times subscription. Because all links to Times content from the student features on our site are free, every week we’ll try to help by posting interesting pieces from a variety of sections.

Why Weren’t We Video Calling All Along?

Op-Art: A Surviving Instrument

I’m a Critical Care Doctor. I’m Tired, I’m Mourning, I’m Bracing for More.

Rich Kids Are Eating Up the Financial Aid Pot

Why the Supreme Court Ruling on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights Is Such a Big Deal

The Rape Kit’s Secret History

The Unstoppable Class of 2020


Whatever caught your eye, tell us about it.

Need more details? The contest rules are all here, and you can read the work of last year’s winners here. A quick overview, though:

  • You can choose from anything published in the print paper or on NYTimes.com in 2019 or 2020, including videos, podcasts, graphics and photographs. (In your response, please include the URL or headline of the piece you pick.)

  • We’ll post this question each Friday from today through Aug. 14, and you’ll have until the next Friday morning to respond with your picks. Then we’ll close that post and open a new one with the same question.

  • We’ll choose at least one favorite answer to feature on our site each week. Winners from this week will be announced on July 7.

  • Feel free to participate each week, but we allow only one submission per person per week.

  • The contest is open to students ages 13 to 19 from anywhere in the world. If you are 16 or older from anywhere in the world, you can post your response in the comments section. If you are between the ages of 13 and 15 and live outside the United States, use the form below to submit your entry. All entries from the comments section and the form below will be judged together.