Every day during the school year we invite teenagers to share their opinions about questions like these — on topics from reality TV to the justice system — and hundreds do, posting arguments, reflections and anecdotes to our Student Opinion feature.
Now, for the fourth year in a row, we’re inviting you to channel that enthusiasm into something a little more formal: short, evidence-based persuasive essays like the editorials The New York Times publishes every day.
The challenge is pretty straightforward. Choose a topic you care about, gather evidence from sources both within and outside of The New York Times, and write a concise editorial (450 words or less) to convince readers of your point of view.Because editorial writing at newspapers is a collaborative process, you can write your entry as a team effort or by yourself. When you’re done, post it in the contest form below by April 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern.