Electric Literature’s Stories Out Of School Flash Fiction Writing Contest (Prize: $1,500)
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Electric Literature’s Stories Out Of School Flash Fiction Writing Contest (Prize: $1,500)

Electric literature is currently accepting flash fiction stories for its ongoing 2020 “Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest. This competition is being organized by The Academy for Teachers, in collaboration with Electric Literature. The contest serves to promote stories and writing about teachers.

Various winners will be awarded a cash prize of $1,500. The overall winner will receive a grand cash award of $1,000. The deadline to enter is October 1st, 2019.

Here’s how the organizers explained the theme:

Teachers have one of the most fascinating, difficult, and important jobs on the planet, and their work days are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire honest, unsentimental stories about teachers and the rich and complex world of schools. This year, the Academy for Teachers has partnered with Electric Literature to publish the winning entry.

So who is eligible to apply for the 2020 Stories Out Of School Flash Fiction Contest?

  • Entrants can be from any part of the world. There are no geographical restricctions.
  • Writers must be 18 years old and above.

Other Important submissions guidelines:

  • Only unpublished stories will be accepted
  • Accepted word count: 6 – 749 words,
  • The protagonist (or the narrator) of the story must be a K-12 teacher.
  • All entries must be submitted before the October 1st 2019 deadline.

Manuscript formatting guidelines

  • Before you submit your manuscript,
  1. Change the font to Arial font 12-point
  2. Double space the story.
  3. Your name, email address, phone number, and word count must appear in the upper left corner of the document.

How to submit your story


Prizes and awards:

The first-prize winner will be given a $1,000 cash award, The winning flash story will be published on Electric Literature’s The Commuter.

The second prize winner will get a $500 prize.


Short Story Master Class Part 2: What Makes a Good Story?

Everything you need to know about the judge of this award?

Susan Choi will judge this year’s contest. She’s the author of five novels: My Education, A Person of Interest, The Foreign Student, American Woman, and, most recently, Trust Exercise. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and the PEN/W.G. Sebald award.



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