USAA Short Story for All Nominating Educators

Topic:  A Subject of Interest

Send us a short story of 500-750 words involving the subject you teach.  All nominating teachers in every subject offered by USAA are invited to participate.  Create interesting characters, and incorporate your subject into their lives.  For example:  If you teach mathematics, will your character(s) view math as a gateway to success or as a daily drudgery to overcome?  If you nominate students for their leadership qualities, how will you incorporate leadership skills in your character(s)?  If you teach PE, science, or social studies, what will your character(s) do with these skills?  You get the picture---let us see your opinions about the subject you teach through the characters you create.

Use your imagination for this short story, give your story a title, and include the following points:

  1. Mention your subject through your character(s).
  2. Describe your character’s opinion about the subject (love it, hate it, need it, don’t need it, etc.)
  3. How will your subject help your character(s) in life?

All short stories submitted must be typed and double-spaced.  Only one entry per teacher.  Indicate that you are a teacher by typing the word “Teacher” at the top of your manuscript.  The subject you teach, your name, school name, school address, and email address must appear on the first page of the text of your manuscript.  You can email your essay to or mail it to USAA, 2528 Palumbo Drive, Lexington, KY 40509.

Short stories must be received by January 7, 2013.

USAA will choose the top three essays and award the following:  First Place $500, second Place $300, and Third Place $150.  We will publish all three essays in the 2013 USAA National Yearbook.  You will become a published author in a nationally distributed book.  Publication is an honor that stays with you for a lifetime.

All entries become the property of the United States Achievement Academy and will not be returned.

Good luck to everyone!