Announcing The Spectator's Middle School Writing Competition

The Spectator announces its first writing competition for middle school students.

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Founded in 1915, The Spectator is Stuyvesant’s biweekly student-run newspaper. We seek to cover any and all developments in our school and city community while also providing a platform for student opinions on current events, media, and sports. In order to foster a spirit conducive to student journalism and promote an interest in writing among NYC youth, The Spectator is hosting a writing contest open to all NYC students in the sixth through eighth grades.

Essay Prompts:

Write about a topic of your choice. This can be a poem, editorial, or personal piece. Please limit your response to 1000 words.

Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

- Tell us a story about yourself that provides a unique perspective on you. This could be an anecdote about a time you spent with family or friends, a noteworthy experience you had—anything you feel is worth sharing.
- Write about one problem you want to solve. Please think outside of the box—it can be as big or as small of a problem as you want.
- What person has had the biggest impact on your life?
- What is one challenge you have faced at home or at school? How did you overcome it?

Submission Guidelines:

E-mail responses to as a PDF with your name, grade, school, and contact information (preferably an e-mail address). If you do not receive confirmation of your submission within five days, please resend it to

Deadline: January 25, 2020, at 11:59 PM

Prize: The winner will have their piece published in The Spectator and will receive a copy of our magazine signed by the Editorial Board. The top ten submissions will be published on our website,

Please reach out to us at if you have any questions or concerns.