Be A Hero Contest - 2017

Be A Hero Contest - 2017

At this precarious time in the United States, we need people to be heroes. This isn’t a battle between Republicans and Democrats. This is a battle between right and wrong. And we need heroes who are willing to fight for what is right—across this country and around the world.

In that spirit, we invite you to write a story about a hero in 50 words or fewer. (You can use a title, if you choose, which doesn’t go into the word count.) It should be about someone who fought for the right thing in a way that called for courage and commitment. This can be a personal story about, say, your father rescuing you when you were lost in the woods, or a public story about, say, Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus. It could also be a made-up story, even an artful retelling of a favorite, such as Erin Brockovich or A Tale of Two Cities.

Here are a few examples from Gotham’s Spring interns.

In his youth, he’d obsessed over building model aircrafts. Now 61, he believes the most exciting machine is a human being. In Syria, he healed, suture by suture, as other doctors took notes. A child wriggling on the operating table, his and so many other lives on the line.
—Monica Lo

She moved from her fourth house after packing her life in 126 boxes. She closed the door to her second heartbreak and started again with her three daughters at her side. Even though she didn’t have a house, she made sure her daughters had a home.
Emilia Costantini

She’s seventeen, but could pass for twenty-five. The lines on her face have grown darker each night since they’ve arrived. But, she won’t let the planned construction of this pipeline uproot her heritage and deface her ancestral land. She’ll fight until she’s dead; she’ll fight like her ancestors did.
Diego Brindis

We will send the winning entry to each of the 100 U.S. senators and the 435 members of the House of Representatives, along with an entreaty for them to be heroes, protecting our country by standing up for what is obviously right, despite any political risk.

Also, the winner gets a free Gotham class of his or her choosing.

We will broadcast this contest as far and wide as we possibly can, hoping to inspire people everywhere to be heroes.

The Details:

  • Submit a 50-word story about a hero
  • Entry must consist of no more than 50 words. Longer entries will be disregarded.
  • You may use a title, though it’s not essential. But it won’t go into your word count.
  • Entries must be submitted online by midnight Eastern May 29, 2017.
  • Only online entries will be accepted.
  • Entry is free. Limit one entry per person.
  • Entry must be original and unpublished.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, quality, spelling, and grammar.
  • Gotham will post the winning entry at and send it to all members of the U.S. Congress.
  • The winner will be notified by June 28, 2017.