Contests & Giveaways

Funded by the Random House Foundation, Inc., the Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students.

Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the U.S., the awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant award payable to each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations are made to the winners and runners-up.

The deadline for applications is September 16th, 2013. Click here for more information, including the complete award guidelines and application.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 NCTE Convention during the “Mentoring Matters” breakfast on Friday, November 22nd by actor Tony Danza, author of I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

NCTE_croppedRandom House announced the recipients of its first annual Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy at a special event held during last month’s NCTE meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The winners are:

Mary Andrews – First Place $10,000 Grant Recipient, Early Literacy Specialist, Estes Hill Elementary School – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Margo Nauert – $5,000 Grant Recipient, Sixth Grade Teacher, Jay Stream Middle School – Carol Stream, Illinois

Lisa Muller – $2,500 Grant Recipient, English Teacher, Castle High School – Newburgh, Indiana

Photos from the event, which included an address from National Council of Teachers of English President-Elect Sandy Hayes, may be found here.

More information about the awards, including the 2013 application and program guidelines, may be found here. Application submission deadline is September 1, 2013.

Random House, Inc., in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English, is proud to announce the launch of The Random House Foundation, Inc. Teacher Awards for Literacy.  These newly created awards honor educators’ innovative ideas in the field of literacy education.   Three cash prizes will be awarded to help further or implement innovative practices in reading in K-12 classrooms.

Legendary educator Jonathan Kozol (author of the forthcoming Fire in the Ashes) will present the inaugural awards at the annual 2012 NCTE convention on Friday, November 16th.   The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2012.  For more information, including the complete award guidelines and application, go to:

Yesterday we got to hang out for a little while with author Wes Moore, who dropped by the Random House headquarters building in New York City.  We asked him to sign one copy of his memoir, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates to give to one lucky teacher. Check out @RHhighschool on Twitter to find out how to enter to win this autographed copy! Full rules here. (more…)

Unlikely Brothers by John Prendergast and Michael Mattocks

We’re excited to be giving out ten free copies of the new book Unlikely Brothers: Our Story of Adventure, Loss, and Redemption, written by John Prendergast (The Enough Moment) and Michael Mattocks.

Peace activist and co-founder of the Enough Project, John Prendergast is known as a champion of human rights in Africa. But the not-so-public face of Prendergast is the life he’s led as a Big Brother to Michael Mattocks. As a curious, driven, and emotionally wounded twenty-year-old, Prendergast made the life-changing decision to form a “Big Brother/Little Brother” relationship with then seven-year-old Michael, who was living out of plastic bags and drifting from one homeless shelter to the next with his mother and siblings.

Told in duet, Unlikely Brothers follows the growth of John and Michael’s unique bond over twenty-five years as the two coped with varying degrees of violence, instability, and trauma in their own lives.

To request your free copy, email us at with the subject line “Unlikely Brothers Giveaway.”

Half a Life by Darin Strauss

In his powerful, unforgettable memoir, Half a Life, acclaimed novelist Darin Strauss recounts a tragedy and its aftermath. In the last month of his high school career, just after turning eighteen, Strauss is behind the wheel of his father’s Oldsmobile, driving with friends, having “thoughts of mini-golf, another thought of maybe just going to the beach.” Then out of the blue: a collision that results in the death of a bicycling classmate and that shadows the rest of his life. In haunting, penetrating prose, Darin Strauss explores loss and guilt, maturity and accountability, hope and acceptance. The result is a staggering, uplifting tour de force.

Please email us if you would like an advance reader’s edition, and include your full school mailing address.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

To celebrate the release of the new movie of Jane Eyre, Vintage Books and Focus Features are pleased to present the Jane Eyre Gothic Story Competition for Young Writers. Students aged 13-18 can enter by submitting an original gothic short story for the chance to win a trip for two to visit “Brontë Country,” in Yorkshire, England, including economy roundtrip airfare, four-star hotel accommodations for four nights, a trip to visit the Brontë sisters’ Parsonage, and a guided walking tour of Brontë Country. The winning story will be published online at the Random House for High School Teachers website. Please review full details and offical competition rules before entering your story.

Beatrice and Virgil by Yann Martel

From the award-winning author of Life of Pi comes another provocative and mesmerizing novel, Beatrice and Virgil—which hits bookstores today.

When Henry receives a letter from an elderly taxidermist, it poses a puzzle that he cannot resist. As he is pulled further into the world of this strange and calculating man, Henry becomes increasingly involved with the lives of a donkey and a howler monkey—named Beatrice and Virgil—and the epic journey they undertake together. With all the spirit and originality that made Life of Pi so beloved, this brilliant new novel takes the reader on a haunting odyssey. On the way Martel asks profound questions about life and art, truth and deception, responsibility and complicity.

We are delighted to award a free signed copy for one lucky fan of RHI Magazine on the Web. Email us to enter the contest with the subject line “Beatrice and Virgil Contest.”

 A teacher’s guide is forthcoming for the book. Email us to reserve one now. Click here to visit the book’s website. Click here to watch a video interview with the author.

Ballistics by Billy Collins

Got any budding poets in your classroom? Well, April is National Poetry Month, established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. According to, this is a time “when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”

What are your classes doing during National Poetry Month? We want to hear, so post your comments below!

Click here for a list of poetry books from Random House, Inc. you can incorporate into your class activities. Need to jazz up those classroom walls? Email us for a FREE Billy Collins Ballistics poster. Limited supplies.

A Truth Universally Acknowledged Edited by Susannah Carson

For so many of us a Jane Austen novel is much more than the epitome of a great read. It is a delight and a solace, a challenge and a reward, and perhaps even an obsession. For two centuries Austen has enthralled readers. Few other authors can claim as many fans or as much devotion. So why are we so fascinated with her novels? What is it about her prose that has made Jane Austen so universally beloved?

Send an e-mail to and explain (in 500-1000 words) the significance Jane Austen has had on the literary world and in your own life, and you will be entered for the chance to win a signed copy of A Truth Universally Acknowledged: 33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen, along with The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, volume 1 and The Complete Novels of Jane Austen, volume 2.

Read the official rules here.

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