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June 23, 2024

Barnes & Noble’s My Favorite Teacher Contest

Does you middle or high school student have a favorite teacher?  Now is their chance to honor beloved teachers with Barnes & Noble’s My Favorite Teacher Contest, in which the national winner and his or her school will split $10,000 in cash prizes and more!

Students can nominate their teacher from grade 1 – 12 with an essay, poem, or thank-you letter that shares how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire these classroom leaders.  Participating schools will collect the essays and submit them to their local Barnes & Noble store for consideration.  Entries are judged on the compelling nature of the teacher’s inspiring qualities, the sincerity of the student’s appreciation, and the quality of expression and writing.  

Barnes & Noble Newport will recognize the local winning teacher in spring 2017 at an event where he or she will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement.  The student who wrote the winning entry will also be honored.  

Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a NOOK by Samsung device.   From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The winning teacher will receive $5,000 and the title of “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The national winner will be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store, and the winning teacher’s school will receive $5,000. The student who writes the national winning essay, poem or thank-you letter will win a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card and a NOOK.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins January 4, 2017, and ends March 1, 2017. Students who want to participate must submit their essay or poem to Barnes & Noble Newport, by March 1. Only middle and high school students and active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win. More details on the contest rules, and photos and the winning essay from the 2016 Contest, can be found at

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