New York Times 100-Word Tiny Memoir Contest

The New York Times 100-Word Tiny Memoir Contest is an annual writing competition organized by the New York Times. It invites writers to submit short, personal memoirs that are 100 words or fewer in length. The memoirs can be about any topic or experience, and should be written in a style that is engaging, evocative, and reflective.

Competition Details

  • Introduction: The New York Times invites all junior and senior high school students to write a memoir in less than 100 words that is very meaningful to each person. This can be a special situation, a scene, or a meaningful event. New York Times hopes to hear unique stories from the “young writers” in their own words. The judges hope to see how the “young authors” solve a problem in this short story and see the larger meaning behind the story.
  • Competition Rules: The mini-memoir should be a short, powerful, true story about a meaningful experience in the entrant’s own life. Essays must be 100 words or less, not including the title.
  • Competition Website: For overall information about the organization and the competition, click here.

Writers of all ages and levels of experience

Submission deadline

October 12

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