Third Annual Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest


We proudly announce the winners of the Third Annual Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest.

This year we asked students from public, independent, parochial, and charter schools in the Bay Area, Chicago, and as far away as Seoul, South Korea, to respond to the prompt “When everything changed.” The hundreds of essays and short stories that these young writers produced reveal nuanced perspectives on what it means to grow up. Their hopes, fears, and joys reflect the strong and creative voices of our next generation. They remind us of the simple, enduring power of stories to illuminate the human condition and give voice to the most essential and binding truths.

It’s an honor for all of us here at Narrative to celebrate the work of these talented writers, whose stories are now part of our ever-expanding free library and are published alongside the work of Alice Munro, Jhumpa Lahiri, Ocean Vuong, Anthony Marra, and many of today’s literary stars.

The winners of the Third Annual Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest:


When Everything Changed
Junior, Castilleja School, Palo Alto


Senior, Stanford Online High School, Palo Alto


Getting Out
Senior, Next Generation Scholars, San Rafael


The Looking Glass
Senior, Lick-Wilmerding High School, San Francisco


Mae Allen, KIPP King Collegiate
Hailey Croushore, Southmoreland High School
Chloe O’Keefe, Lowell High School
Annika Sigfstead, Lick-Wilmerding High School

Many thanks to the students and staff of our participating schools: Adel-Desoto-Minburn High School, Castilleja School, Convent of the Sacred Heart/Stuart Hall High School, Idyllwild Arts Academy, John Hancock College Prep High School, KIPP King Collegiate High School, Lick-Wilmerding High School, Lowell High School, Natick Public Schools, Next Generation Scholars, Seoul Foreign School, Stanford Online High School, Southmoreland School, Stuart Hall High School, and the Urban School.

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A short video about the High School Contest:

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Writing Video Tutorials with Cofounder Carol Edgarian.

Learn more about how we’re supporting teachers and students through the Narrative in the Schools Program.

The Second Annual Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest. Last year, students responded to the prompt Dear America.