The Grannie Annie welcomes — and desires to receive and
publish — family stories from
students of every race,
ethnicity, national origin,
religion, and creed.

Grannie Annie authors have
an opportunity to strengthen
family bonds, hone their
writing skills, and deepen
their appreciation of history.
Please see the Guidelines
for details.


The Privacy Policy of The
Grannie Annie Family Story


Submit Stories to The Grannie Annie

Students in U.S. grades 4 through 8, and homeschooled or international students 9 through 14 years old: You are invited to submit a story to The Grannie Annie!

Please follow The Grannie Annie Official Guidelines and submit a story from your family's history — a story from before your birth. Stories can be humorous, tragic, or inspirational; they can be stories of courage, adventure, or anything you find interesting about your family’s past.


Submission Categories

Stories will be considered in two categories: U.S. grades 4–5 and 6–8. Stories submitted by homeschooled or international students 9–14 years of age will be considered in the category that corresponds with the student's age.


Submission Fee

There is no fee for submitting your stories to The Grannie Annie.



Stories may be submitted throughout the year. The annual deadline for stories to be considered for publication in the next annual collection is February 1. Submissions from students in the United States must be mailed, and must be postmarked on or before that date. E-mailed submissions are permitted for students residing outside the United States and must be sent on or before that date.


Guidelines for Submission

Be sure to follow The Grannie Annie Official Guidelines so that your story can be considered for publication.


Submission Form

The Grannie Annie Submission Form must accompany your story.


Note to Teachers Outside the United States

Please note the additional options available for international submissions.


Submission Information for Teachers

Teachers who are submitting their students' stories must include their students' completed and signed Submission Forms plus one copy of The Grannie Annie Teacher Submission Form. The information provided on these forms will facilitate communication regarding students' submissions and recognition.


Honoring the Authors

Taking part in The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration brings many rewards: You’ll learn something new about your family's history, develop a stronger connection with the earlier generations of your family, and hone your writing skills. In addition, you’ll produce an important story that preserves a piece of your family’s history — a story that you can share with your family, your school, and your community.

In the spirit of celebration, each year some of the stories submitted to The Grannie Annie are selected for publication on this website, and in a free PDF, along with the authors' names. The published stories are also shared through social media.


Announcement of Selections

The stories that are selected for publication are announced on this website between mid-March and mid-April, along with the authors' names. In addition, the authors of selected stories are notified via e-mail.


Writing Assistance

There are many resources available to help you write the best story you can write. You may find it helpful to read the stories that have already been published by The Grannie Annie. The published stories are available on this website and in paperback and/or digital form. In addition, on the Resources page of this website you will find links to several "Resources for Writing" to help you with writing your Grannie Annie story.

While your story must be written by you, you are encouraged to ask your friends to read and comment on your work. You may ask teachers or parents to do the same. Then decide what changes, if any, you want to make.

Grannie Annie stories written in a language other than English may be translated by someone other than the author. The translator need not meet the age or grade requirements of The Grannie Annie.


Resources: The Grannie Annie in the Classroom and Beyond

We offer a wide variety of Resources to facilitate the writing of Grannie Annie stories, to enhance the Grannie Annie classroom experience, and to enrich curriculum.




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