For Students

Do you have a story, a poem, a message that only you can share? Do you love to travel places by reading? You’re in the right place.

We’re a free library, open 24/7, here to support your reading and writing dreams. At Narrative, you can find compelling, invigorating, and inspiring literature available for free, every day. All you need is an internet connection.

But we’re not just a library; we also offer tools to deepen your reading and to hone your writing skills. Here's a short list.


A writing contest open to high school students grades 9–12 in the US and abroad, varying genre from year to year. You have the chance to receive more than $1,000 in winning prizes, mentorship by esteemed Narrative editors and authors, and publication in Narrative, which reaches our global readership of 300,000. Our next High School Contest will open for submissions on January 4, 2023. Learn more about our upcoming Eighth Annual Contest here.


Five short video tutorials, featuring bestselling author and Narrative cofounder/editor Carol Edgarian, that each walk you through a basic aspect of the writing process—from choosing an idea to crafting a scene to revising and submitting—and offer some expert behind-the-scenes advice.


Curated reading lists of literature, writing advice, and other creative fodder from the Narrative Library, designed to provide you with a “Best of” hits list across genre and form.


Thematic tags, ranging from “Love” to “Justice & Equality” to “The Writing Life,” enable you to explore our library according to your interests, drawing connective threads among works deep in the archive.

Happy reading, and happy writing! Remember that you can always contact us at @email with any questions, musings, and ideas.

Welcome | For Teachers | For Students
Narrative High School Writing Contest | Video Tutorials with Carol Edgarian
Recommended Reading | Explore by Theme

Narrative High School Writing Contest | Recommended Reading
Video Tutorials with Carol Edgarian | Explore by Theme | Writing Prompts