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Summer Reading Contest Week 6: What Got Your Attention in The Times This Week?

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Welcome to Week Six of our 12th Annual Summer Reading Contest.

This contest is open to students 11-19 from anywhere in the world. To participate, submit a response by 9 a.m. Eastern on July 23 that answers the questions “What got your attention in The New York 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 the parent or the teacher of a child who is 11-12 years old and lives in the United States, or 11-15 and lives in another country, see the bottom of this post for details on how to submit on behalf of your child.

Responses must be 1500 characters — about 250 words — 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 2021, including articles, essays, 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.

Charlottesville Removes Robert E. Lee Statue at Center of White Nationalist Rally

Tapping Into the Brain to Help a Paralyzed Man Speak

Europe Rolls Out Vision for a Carbonless Future, but Big Obstacles Loom

Democrats Roll Out $3.5 Trillion Budget to Fulfill Biden’s Broad Agenda

How the White Press Wrote Off Black America

Stillness in the Sorrow

It Seems Odd That We Would Just Let the World Burn

How to Raise Kids Who Won’t Be Racist


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 2021, 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. 13, 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 Aug. 3.

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

  • The contest is open to students ages 11 to 19 from anywhere in the world. 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 comments section. If you are a teacher, parent or guardian of a student or child who is between the ages of 11 and 12 and live in the United States, or 11 and 15 and live in another country, then you must submit an entry on the student’s behalf using the form below. All entries from the comments section and the form below will be judged together.

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