The Decameron Project
Seven hundred years ago, ten young Italians confronted the Black Death through storytelling; their tales make up Giovanni Boccacio’s Decameron. Now, similarly situated in the era of COVID-19, we must take solace in one another and the stories we have to tell. The Decameron Project makes that possible — empowering young people to share their stories, and to come together amidst a crisis keeping so many of us apart.
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Hear Our Stories
Assembled from students of every color, creed, and background, our catalog of stories displays the very best students worldwide have to offer. Take a look at our unique selection and find inspiration –– whatever catches your eye.

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At the core of our project are the submissions of writers like you. Whatever story
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The Decameron Project
Seven hundred years ago, ten young Italians confronted the Black Death through storytelling; their tales make up Giovanni Boccacio’s Decameron. Now, similarly situated in the era of COVID-19, we must take solace in one another and the stories we have to tell. The Decameron Project makes that possible — empowering young people to share their stories, and to come together amidst a crisis keeping so many of us apart.
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Angie Thomas
Angie Thomas, author of the The Hate U Give and seminal voice of the Black Lives Matter movement, joined us for a virtual event. Over a thousand students, educators, and more across the country tuned in live. Watch the recording of the groundbreaking discussion below.
Pride Month Contest
We’re partnering with The Center for Fiction to bring you the National Teen Storyteller Writing Contest, under the theme of Pride. Share your story for the chance to win.
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Theme | Justice

While the pandemic rages on, communities all over the country continue to face systemic injustice. For our next theme, we’re asking our writers to consider what Justice means to them. Now more than ever, we want our young writers to tell stories exploring how Justice is recognized, served, and sustained –– and where it falls short. Whether legislative, judicial, nonviolent or revolutionary  –– Justice must be served, and writing about is the first step.

I love that The Decameron Project brings so many kinds of history together – literary, cultural, political – and makes them live in the present. Individual stories in a collective reality. I’m wildly curious to know what all of you are seeing, thinking and feeling, and what words you choose to express that.

Margo Jefferson
Pulitzer Prize winning author and critic, and Decameron Project Advisory Board member.

Winner | Jackie C.

Student writers are the core of our Project. Jackie Cole, a junior in high school, was our first winner in our untamed writing category –– click here to hear her thoughts on the project, and her reaction to her story being read aloud by Advisory Board member Judith Thurman. 

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Advisory Board

While a student organization, The Decameron Project partners with a broad range of prominent literary figures – including prize-winning authors, journalists, and teachers – who compose our advisory board. They recognize the value of our mission, and help in any way they can to make it a reality. 

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The Center for Fiction

The Center for Fiction supports and celebrates the creation of fiction in all its forms. It brings communities together as readers and writers of all ages to share and develop a passion for storytelling. Over its long history, it has featured Mark Twain, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Beecher Stowe as speakers; and Edgar Allan Poe as a resident writer. We’re proud to partner with The Center for Fiction, and their KidsRead program, in making The Decameron Project a reality. 

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