For Teachers


Dear teachers,


Every day you inspire your students to read widely, to write with greater complexity, and to share their stories and their unique voices. In these dynamic and difficult times, we believe, as you do, that the unique power of storytelling to connect, remind, and transcend is more important than ever.

At Narrative it’s an essential part of our mission to help you foster passion for reading and writing in your classrooms. Our aim is to help you motivate your students to write at a higher level, and we hope our ever-expanding free library of thousands of stories, essays, and poems will provide you with assignments to share with your colleagues and students. We also hope that the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest will inspire your students to write for a reason beyond a grade.

Since we’re looking for creative poems written with a young writer’s authentic voice, the “Tell Me a Story” Contest differs from the typical high school assignment. We encourage you to keep this in mind as you work with your students, review their drafts, and create space for peer editing. For extra inspiration, direct your students to Narrative’s targeted student resources, which include a Poetry Tutorial Video with two of our contest judges—Narrative cofounder/editor and New York Times–bestselling author Carol Edgarian and Salvadoran poet Javier Zamora—and a Reading Guide for Poetry, written just for your students to help them discover exemplary poetry of all kinds!

Please share information about our Annual “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest with fellow high school English teachers! We’re eager to hear voices from all corners of the globe. And please do let us know of any successes or challenges you may encounter. You can email us at @email. We’re here to help, and we love hearing from you.

For teachers ready to submit their students' work, head over here.