Science fiction writing contest for ages 13-25. $1000 top prize!

the_future_powered_by_fictionI originally posted this back in July. This is a reminder that the entry deadline is November 14–still plenty of time!

I just learned about an exciting new science fiction competition for youths (ages 13-25) that combines my two favorite things: SCIENCE and WRITING.

The Tomorrow Project, an education and imagination project sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public and the Intel Foundation (the wonderful people who bring us the International Science and Engineering Fairs) along with ASU’s Center for Science and the Imagination, is sponsoring The Future: Powered by Fiction. In this contest, students are asked to contribute

fact-based science fiction stories, essays, comics and videos to explore the kind of futures we want to work toward together.

Entries must be based on one of six very broad futuristic themes listed below.

Basic rules:

  1. Enter a short story (fiction) or essay up to 3,000 words; a video (up to 4 minutes); or a comic (along with a written synopsis).
  2. Age categories from 13-25 years old with prizes in each category.
  3. Submissions must be received by November 14, 2013; open to entries now.
  4. Ten awards of $1,000 each will be given!


  •  Earth and beyond
  • The future of food
  • Smarter, stronger, faster
  • The city of tomorrow
  • The incredible shrinking computer
  • The future of your mind (education)

This is a wonderful opportunity for smart, creative-minded young people to engage in a meaningful project and possibly achieve some fame. Spread the word! annual list of top STEM competitions for kids.

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