Guidelines for teachers

The guidelines below pertain specifically to our "Writing Show".

Your students are important to us! In order to give them the greatest opportunity to have their writings performed, please make sure to follow the guidelines listed below.

  1. Each story submitted must be labeled with the student's FULL NAME, GRADE LEVEL, and TEACHER'S NAME
  2. We recommend submitting approximately 10 stories per classroom.
  3. We accept stories from one or two sentences on up to, but not exceeding, two pages.
  4. Please avoid using specific prompts. 
  5. All submitted stories must be on paper no larger than 8 ½ x 11.
  6. Every story that is selected for performance is copied for our actors. If you submit a copy rather than an original, please be sure the quality of that copy is such that we can easily read the entire story as well as the name, grade and teacher's name.
  7. All grade levels are encouraged to participate.  Please flag stories written by special education students.  
  8. Stories can be individually written or a collaboration of two or more authors.


  1. Due to the memorization required on a daily basis, we are not able to perform plays.(aka scripts)
  2. Book reports, essays, and lists will not be considered for performance.
  3. We cannot accept, nor be responsible for the safety of any books submitted.
  4. Out of sensitivity to elementary school environments, we will not perform stories containing "potty humor", not realistic violence.

Please check all stories prior to submitting. We rely on you to ensure the subject matter is appropriate/permissible for your school. We strongly advise that you DO NOT SEND STORIES VIA DISTRICT MAIL, as it often delays delivery.

All stories must be submitted to The Imagination Machine six (6) weeks prior to scheduled performance date. Should you have further questions, please contact the office which books assemblies in your area.


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