Stories Out of School

Call for Submissions

The Academy for Teachers is looking for short, short fiction about a teacher. The winner will receive $1,000 and the runner-up, $500. Our judge will be Karen Russell, a Pulitzer Prize finalist for her novel Swamplandia!

Winning entries will be published online by Tin House, our partner in this contest, and in chapbook form by The Academy for Teachers, which will distribute them to our growing community of Fellows, who are among the strongest teachers in New York City.

Guidelines: Any adult who has been a teacher, or had one, is welcome to submit. Only one submission per writer. All genres considered. Your narrator must be a K-12 teacher, or a K-12 teacher must be your protagonist, or both. Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden. (For a bit of crazy inspiration, check out Donald Barthelme’s “The School.”)

Word count: Between 6 and 1000 words, not a preposition more or less.

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

Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, November 29, 2017.