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Stories Out of School


Sunday, September 16, 2018


Entry Fees

No Entry Fee


First Prize: $1000
Second Prize: $500
First and Second Prize-winning stories will be published online by Tin House.


Teachers have the most fascinating, difficult, and important job on the planet, and their work days are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This yearly contest, a joint venture of The Academy for Teachers and Tin House, was created to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. Any adult over the age of eighteen (whether a teacher or not) is welcome to submit. There are two criteria for submissions. The story’s protagonist or its narrator has to be a teacher and the story has to be between 6 and 749 words. Education jargon is forbidden.

Cheryl Strayed will judge this year’s contest. Strayed wrote the #1 New York Times-bestselling memoir Wild, as well as Tiny Beautiful Things, Brave Enough, and the novel Torch. She’s a co-author of The Sweet Spot, a column in The New York Times.

Use 12-point Arial font and double space. Put your name, email address, phone number, and the story’s word count in the upper left corner. Send as a pdf attachment (TITLE OF MY STORY by Jane Brown.pdf) to [email protected]

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