“Tell Me a Story” High School Contest


The goal of our high school contest is to discover, mentor, and publish the next generation of amazing writers.

In 2015 we launched the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest. And across five dynamic years, our partner school network has grown to include students in public, private, parochial, and charter schools across the United States and as far away as New Delhi, India, and Seoul, South Korea.


Each spring, bestselling author and Narrative cofounder/editor Carol Edgarian, along with members of our staff, selects the first-, second-, and third-place winners and some finalists in the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest. Each May, the winners receive $800 in prizes. The winning entries are published in Narrative alongside the greatest writers of our time, are celebrated at their schools and, as in previous years, are recorded and featured on our podcast “Narrative Outloud.” The student writers of the winning entries work closely with Carol throughout the spring to edit, refine, and record their work–in other words, to be mentored and to engage in all aspects of a professional publishing process.


Winning stories in the Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest:


The 5th Annual High School Contest: The Choice

The 4th Annual High School Contest: The Mistake

The 3rd Annual High School Contest: When Everything Changed

The 2nd Annual High School Contest: Dear America

The 1st Annual High School Contest: Where I’m Going


If you are a teacher interested in receiving information about future Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contests, please email us and tell us a bit about your school.


If you are a student interested in future Narrative “Tell Me a Story” High School Contests, please ask your English teacher to reach out to us here.


Are you a student or teacher looking for resources? Check out our curated reading lists and video tutorials about the craft of writing, featuring bestselling author and Narrative cofounder/editor Carol Edgarian.


Narrative’s “Tell Me a Story” High School Contest is supported in part by:



Additional Information:


Welcome | For Teachers | For Students |
Video Tutorials with Carol Edgarian | A Great Reading List