NY Times Personal Narrative

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✓ Must be high school students ages 11-19
✓ Must pass J&B’s application & interview
✓ Must be a logical, profound and effective communicator in the written and spoken English language

✓ 3 or 5 or 8 Weeks

✓ November 17, 2021


When you think of The New York Times, you probably think of front-page news, but The Times also has a long tradition of publishing personal narratives, and you can find new ones online nearly every day if you know where to look. In fact, over the years there have been columns dedicated to personal narratives on themes from love and family to life on campus, how we relate to animals, living with disabilities and navigating anxiety. For this contest, we invite you to write a personal narrative of your own about a meaningful life experience.


We’re not asking you to write to a particular theme or to use a specific structure or style, but we are looking for short, powerful stories about a particular moment or event in your life. We want to hear your story, told in your unique voice, and we hope you’ll experiment with style and form to tell a tale that matters to you, in a way you enjoy telling it.


For your information, each work submission should be original and sponsored by a high school teacher. The competition, moreover, annually takes place from October 13 to November 17. Check out here to find out about the competition in great detail. 


With a team of top-tier essay consultants and the most uniquely designed 1:1 consulting program from J&B Essay Consulting (‘J&B’), you can competently prepare yourself for the competition in the most effective and result-driven manner. You not only get to hone your literary and analytical skills but also deepen your academic knowledge on the subject as a result of profound, Socratic-based discussions with your expertly consultant!




Client's Case 




Some of the popular secondary schools where our clients for Blue Program have attended over the course of the last few years:


  • Harvard-Westlake School
  • Deerfield Academy
  • Belmont High School
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • SC Governor's School for the Arts and Humanities
  • Groton School
  • Georgetown Prep School
  • The Lawrenceville School
  • Choate Rosemary Hall
  • St. Paul’s School




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