Stories out of School Short Story Contest/ Prize ($1000 + More)

Academy for Teachers is hosting the Stories out of School Short Story Contest. The organizer is a publication that holds periodic contests that can help one highlight the rich, challenging, and under-appreciated world of the teachers.

Stories out of school short story contest knows that Teachers have the most fascinating, difficult, and important job on the planet, and their workdays are filled with stories. Yet teachers seldom appear in fiction. This annual contest was created to inspire great stories about teachers and the rich and crazy world of schools.

Stories out of school short story contest

Eligibility for the Stories out of school short story Contest

  • Judged by accomplished experts, the stories out of school writing contest is open to everyone.
  • Entering the contest is Free. Do not pay anyone to get in.


Submission Criteria

  • The story’s protagonist, or its narrator, must be a K-12 teacher.
  • Stories must be between 6 and 749 words and previously unpublished.
  • Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden.
  • Only one submission per writer. No exceptions.
  • You must be over 18 to apply.
  • Any adult, whether a teacher or not, is eligible to submit.
  • Submissions can be made HERE


Judging and Prize

  • The judge for this year’s contest is Pulitzer Prize finalist and MacArthur “genius” Karen Russell.
  • The winning story will be published in A Public Space’s print edition
  • The author of the winning story will receive $1,000. The submission deadline is September 1, 2023.

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