National Winner and Their School to Split $10,000 in Cash Prizes and More

Barnes & Noble (Millbury) today announced the start of the 2018 “Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest,” which for the past eight years has provided middle and high school students the opportunity to tell their communities how much they appreciate their teachers.

Students can nominate their teacher starting today by writing essays, poems or thank-you letters that share how their teacher has influenced their life and why they appreciate and admire them. Participating schools collect the essays and submit them to Barnes & Noble (Millbury) 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.

Teachers from middle schools and high schools are eligible for nomination. Awards for winning teachers, schools and students include cash prizes, NOOK® devices and more. The contest is broken down into local and regional winners, from which the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year” will be chosen.

The local winning teachers will be recognized in spring 2018 at events held at Barnes & Noble stores including (Millbury), where they will each receive a special award acknowledging their achievement, as well as additional recognition and praise from their community. The students who wrote the winning essays or poems will each receive a certificate of recognition, and will also be honored at the ceremonies.

Each regional winner will receive a $500 Barnes & Noble gift card. From the pool of regional winners, Barnes & Noble will name one teacher the “Barnes & Noble National Teacher of the Year.” The national winner will receive $5,000 and be recognized at a special community celebration at their local Barnes & Noble store. Their school will also 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.

Barnes & Noble has long supported teachers through Educator Appreciation Weeks, special discounts, personalized service, in-store events, bookfairs, store tours for classrooms, and, since 2010, through the My Favorite Teacher Contest.

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest submission period begins today and ends March 2, 2018. Students who want to participate must submit their essay or poem to Barnes & Noble (Millbury) by March 2. Only middle and high school students and active teachers employed in elementary, middle or high schools in the United States are eligible to win.

Customers should visit Barnes & Noble (Millbury) or for complete details and official My Favorite Teacher Contest rules. Additionally, photos and the winning essay from the 2017 My Favorite Teacher Contest can be found at

The Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Contest is subject to all applicable federal, state and local laws and regulations, including but not limited to laws related to eligibility to receive prizes. Winners must also comply with their employer’s rules, regulations and policies on accepting prizes.