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Nicholas Kristof's Contest on Bullying - Teen Ink - A teen literary magazine and website
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Nicholas Kristof's
Contest on Bullying

You must be aged 14 to 19 to participate.

Nicholas Kristof Earlier this year I reported on Lady Gaga's campaign against bullying, and learned that experts and the federal Department of Education increasingly see bullying as a huge education problem. So I'd like to consult the experts — American teens — by holding an essay contest about bullying.

Please help spread the word by encouraging young people to apply by writing an essay of up to 500 words about bullying or how to address it. Teachers are welcome to make this a class assignment. It can be cathartic to share these experiences, but also embarrassing, so think this through carefully. And remember, too, that this is for a newspaper and must be the truth - no exaggerations whatsoever! If you're talking about someone else, you can use just a first name or initial, to protect their privacy.

So, teens, help us understand the problem by sharing your experiences and insights. In all seriousness, we have a major national problem with bullying, and we need your help to understand it and figure out how to make headway against it. That's where I'm hoping your essays can help.

I'm holding the contest in partnership with The New York Times Learning Network and with Teen Ink magazine. Send in essays of up to 500 words by the end of April. Teen Ink, which has lots of experience publishing teen writing in print and online, will select finalists for me, and then I'll choose the winners. There's no real prize, except immortal glory: I'll publish excerpts from the best essays in my column or blog. Some winners will also be published in Teen Ink, on The New York Times Learning Network and in Ed. Magazine - Harvard Graduate School of Education.
— Nicholas Kristof, op-ed columnist, The New York Times


Submissions must be received by April 30, 2012 and cannot exceed 500 words. One submission per person. Nicholas Kristof has sole discretion to select which submissions, if any, will be posted.

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