Program Length: Write at any time but the submission deadline is in November annually

Location: The New York Times is headquatered in New York but the contest is available to anyone with internet access anywhere who meets the admissions requirements 🙂

Admissions Requirement: 

You must be between the ages of 13 to 19 in middle school or high school or taking a year off before post secondary.

You can be from anywhere in the world

Your submission must be 100 words or less, not including title

Your submission must be an original, true story about your life, and contain no curse words

You will be asked to submit an artist’s statement along with your submission

Admissions Deadline: Early November

The New York Times is hosting an exciting writing contest called the Tiny Memoir Contest for Students. Open to students aged 13 to 19, this writing contest invites young writers to participate and share their personal narratives. The challenging part, however, is the word limit of 100 words.

This challenge lies in selecting the perfect words and phrases to convey a complete story, making each entry a carefully crafted piece of art. Writers should strive to create a story that elicits emotions, resonates with readers, and captures the essence of their personal experiences. This writing contest is the perfect opportunity for you to showcase your creativity and storytelling abilities!

Now if you’re thinking “this is impossible,” check out last year’s winning pieces and get some inspiration. Additionally, you can check out the step-by-step guide for this writing contest here. Now, let your voice be heard and apply!

Cost: Free

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