Call for Submissions

Why I Teach: The Student that Changed it All

The student who inspired me.

                                                                                                The student who changed my life.


“You meet that one student who changed the entire way you taught.”

Writer’s Oracle is compiling an anthology of amazing and transformative stories.  One where students who have come into our lives and changed the way we approach teaching.  They have changed our world.  They have inspired us to become better than we were.  They have changed our lives.

Teaching has always been a calling. Just think of the many stories over the years — I teach because (insert YOUR reason).  Teachers all over the world set out to inspire and to change the lives of those that come into their classrooms. However, there are times when the teacher who is the one that becomes changed and inspired.  Granted, we meet students each year that inspire us and that challenge us to become better teachers.

However, there is that ONE student that remains in the depths of our hearts.  The ONE that forced us to change ourselves.  The ONE that pushed us out of our comfort zone.  The ONE that continues to fuel the passion we have for teaching.  The ONE we see in the shadows as we walk down the halls.  The ONE who’s voice continues to whisper in our ears “You can be the change”.  The ONE that inspired us to become who we are so we can continue being the best teacher for all children who come into our classroom.

 Become the change you want to see. – Gandhi

These stories will allow our hearts to expand, tears to roll down our eyes, and our souls to be touched.  Teaching is not for the faint hearted.  Teaching is about getting in the trenches and getting dirty.  Teachers inspire.  Teachers show students how to dream.  Teachers are in the front lines each and every day.  These stories will remind, touch, awaken and inspire teachers to continue making a difference in the lives of others.  Because there are those who come into our classroom with a special mission to make a difference in our lives.

Submit inspirational, life changing stories about how a student has inspired, changed your world, or changed your life.  They have to be original (not copied from a book or such).

I’m looking for pieces that will speak loud and inspire other teachers.  I am looking for pieces to share with other teachers.  I’m looking to immortalize that ONE student who really had a significant impact on your life as an educator.

Both previously published and original works will be considered. Authors are welcome to submit stories of inspiration, change, and growth.

If you have questions about whether or not your story may work for this anthology, please contact melihalstead (at) writersoracle (dot) com with your questions or concerns.

Story length: 1,200 to 3,500 words

Deadline for Submissions: June 1, 2015

Rights: First North American Anthology Rights

Payment: $20, paid on publication via PayPal (be sure you can secure a PayPal account if your story is accepted).

Please include SUBMISSION The Student that Changed My Life: (Your title) in the subject line.

Email submissions should be sent to melihalstead (at) writersoracle (dot) com (rtf format only, be sure to include contact information on all attachments).

Category: Non-fiction pieces only

Please include a brief 300 word bio, how long you’ve been an educator, and a link to your website/blog.

Failure to follow guideline submissions will result in an automatic deletion.

Meli Halstead is a high school teacher (15 years) and a college professor.  She is an intuitive teacher who helps writers get their stories written using a variety of oracles.  She has taught several different workshops such as The Art of Quality Digital Feedback, The Incredible, Edible Oreo: Teacher Feedback, How to MOVE your story along, Writing an Anthology, and Write YOUR short story: Make a Name for Yourself.  She helps writers get their thoughts into book form.  Her goal for the 2014 – 2015 year is to help 1300 writers write their book.  She has written and published several short stories in her life time.  She also gives a voice to those who are trapped in the cruel world of human trafficking.

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