Call for Submissions

The Academy’s Stories Out of School flash-fiction contest is offered annually in partnership with Tin House. Any adult over the age of eighteen (whether a teacher or not) is welcome to submit. We are accepting submissions through September 16, 2018.

First-prize winners receive $1000; second-prize winners, $500. Both will be published online by Tin House.

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

Submission Guidelines

The story’s protagonist, or its narrator, must be a K-12 teacher. Stories must be between 6 and 749 words, and not a preposition more nor less. Only one submission per writer, and no previously published pieces (whether online or in print), can be considered. Sentimentality is discouraged and education jargon is forbidden.

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

Deadline for submissions: Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Winners will be announced in January 2019.