For those interested in participating in the 2021–2022 Seventh Annual “Tell Me a Story” Contest, we’ve got big plans in store!
Contributing students in this year’s Narrative
contest covered the globe: indeed, we received submissions from nineteen countries, including South Africa, India, China, Serbia, Poland, Taiwan
. Within the US, we heard from young poets in thirty-nine states and 174 cities
—an amazing outpouring of poetry. In all, last year our Narrative in the Schools program
reached more than 100,000 students and teachers
in schools worldwide.
Narrative editors, including poetry editor Michael Wiegers, New York Times–bestselling author and Narrative cofounder/editor Carol Edgarian, and special guest judge, Salvadoran poet and Narrative Prize winner Javier Zamora, selected the first-, second-, and third-place winners, as well as seven finalists.
In the spring, writers of the winning entries worked closely with Zamora, fine-tuning their poems and engaging in all aspects of a professional publishing process. Then the “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest winners and finalists were announced with fanfare and were awarded with cash prizes, totaling $1,150, and with publication in Narrative
. Their work was celebrated at their schools and, as in previous years, recorded and featured on our popular podcast Narrative Outloud
(forthcoming this fall).
Our Seventh Annual “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest will follow a similar structure, with a new prompt and guest judge announced at start of the contest on January 4. The submission deadline is February 3.
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Winning pieces in the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest:
The Sixth Annual High School Contest: Escape
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