Students: Share Your College Essay with The New York Times


Is your college application essay about money, work, social class, or another related topic?

If so, The New York Times wants to hear from you.

“No topic is too weighty and no stunt too flighty or approach too light for our taste, as long as the essay has at least something to do with money,” the paper notes in its call for submissions. “In the past people have written about their own jobs or their parents’ work (or lack thereof), what it’s like to be poor, what it’s like to be rich and what it’s like to work at McDonald’s.”

In each of the last four years, the paper has published essays penned by incoming college freshmen.

New this year? Anyone who wants to send videos, Instagram, or Snapchat stories is welcome to do so, according to the contest rules.

The deadline for submission is April 21.

Read the top essays from 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 and submit your own.

Admitted writer/editor Mary Stegmeir welcomes additional comments and story ideas at

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