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rocky top instituteYour writing could be featured in the second volume of an interactive children’s electronic book that will be produced by UT.

The university’s Rocky Top Institute is accepting entries for Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II. The contest will run through February 28. The short stories should translate the meaning of Rocky Top from the author’s perspective.

Submissions will be accepted from East Tennessee high school students and from UT students and alumni. The stories must be a maximum of 1,000 words, be geared toward children in preschool to primary grades, and be designed to be read aloud. Stories must be submitted by e-mail to

Winners will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

The entries will be judged in March and winners will be notified by May 1. Once the stories have been selected, illustrations, interactive components, music, and narration will be developed. Tales from Rocky Top, Volume II is expected to be available for purchase in the fall.

For submission forms, guidelines, and other information, visit the Rocky Top Institute’s website.

The first volume of Tales from Rocky Top was released in December 2013. It is available for purchase at the UT Vol Shop and area retailers including Walgreens.


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