First Prize

The Second-Chance Club

source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Second-Chance Club

Judges’ Comments

“This story combines great access with a high-stakes situation related to an issue of broad relevance. It’s got a lot going for it. I love these lines: ‘They’re here because something, somewhere, went wrong. They didn’t care about school, or school didn’t care about them.’

“This is a brilliant piece from Sara and Eric. Great narrative flow, good characters, and wonderful transition between the struggles the students face (the story you expect) and the struggle the teacher faces (the story you don’t expect) as he tries to be encouraging but also tough on meeting the standards. Love the Berenstain Bear detail. And the toilet paper for the crying student who failed. Really well done.”