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Vote for your favorite teacher


Students, submit an essay, poem, or thank-you letter describing how a teacher has influenced your life and he/she will be entered to win.

$5,000 for your teacher & $5,000 for his/her school
Visit any Barnes & Noble or BN.COM/myfavoriteteacher
for an entry form and official contest rules.

Who Participates
Middle and High School Students.

How to Participate
Students write an essay, poem, or thank-you letter explaining how a teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. You collect the essays and share them with your Barnes & Noble bookseller.
* Entries should be 500 words or less, in English, and typed on 8.5'' x 11'' white paper.
* Each entry should be submitted with the entry form provided.
* A parent or legal guardian must sign the entry form acknowledging that they have read the Official Contest Rules.

Submitting Entries
All entries should be provided to your local Barnes & Noble representative by March 1. You may also mail them to the store postmarked by the deadline. The address of your nearest Barnes & Noble retailer can be found at

Once the winner is selected, plans for a celebration begin!

What Students Get
The student who writes the winning essay, poem, or thank-you letter will receive a certificate of recognition and be honored at their local store during a ceremony for the winning teacher.

What Teachers Get
The winning teacher will be recognized at an event at their local Barnes & Noble where they will receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, and additional recognition and praise from their community. Regional winners will each receive a $500 Barnes & Noble Gift Card. The winner of the Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year award will receive $5,000 and be recognized at a special event at a Barnes & Noble store. The winning teacher's school will receive $5,000 as well.

We hope you'll partner with us to recognize excellence in teaching!

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