Stories Out of School” Flash Fiction Contest

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eachers 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.

2022 Contest

Julia Alvarez, the beloved and acclaimed novelist, was this year’s judge. Her five finalists can be read at A Public Space by clicking the link below. “Sunshower,” the winning story, will also appear in A Public Space’s print edition. Two of the finalists are Fellows of The Academy for Teachers. Congratulations, all!

First Prize, $1,000
“Sunshower” by Josephine Sarvaas

Finalists
"Pond School" by JoAnne Burger
"Class starts at 8. It’s 8:39." by Jonathan Hull, Academy Fellow
"Better Tomorrow" by Michele Johnson
“The Worm at the Core” by Bo Lewis, Academy Fellow

Read the Winning Stories

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  • Stories must be between 6 and 749 words and previously unpublished.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.
  • D Wong reading

    the 2019 wining story
    "A Brief Description of Mister Kuka"
    by Santian Vataj
    at our annual fundraiser
    Show Teachers the Love!

    The deadline to submit is:
    September 1, 2022

    Submit 


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