Write Out of This World

Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Story Contest

As a museum devoted to music, science fiction, and popular culture, our goal each year for the Write Out of This World: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest is to encourage young writers and provide an outlet for their creativity. Journey to other worlds and explore your wildest imaginations through EMP’s sixth annual sci-fi and fantasy short story contest.

2016 Winners

3rd-5th Grade

1st Place: “Ordinary” by Edan Gortzak
2nd Place: “The Thirteenth Stella” by Amelia Jones
3rd Place: “Train 362” by Cordelia Rodriguez

6th-8th Grade

1st Place: “In Which Phyllis B Takes Over the World” by Elise Hebert
2nd Place: “The Night Was Theirs” by Violet Keteyian
3rd Place: “5/15” by Jinho Kwak

9th-12th Grade

1st Place: “The Temple of Lost Gods” by Tully McCombs
2nd Place: “Unlikely Gifts from a Reaper” by Megan Bass
3rd Place: “The Buffer” by Ava Cline

Thanks to everyone that submitted entries this year.

About the Program

Submissions are judged by a panel of experts including EMP curators, professional writers, and Seattle community leaders. Submissions must be 200-2,000 words long and be in the genre of sci-fi and or fantasy. Student winners for first, second, and third place will be awarded by grade level in the following categories: 3rd–5th, 6th–8th, and 9th–12th.

Contest winners are invited to participate in workshops with Jack Straw Cultural Centers’ experienced team of arts professionals. Prize package includes a workshop on writing and editing, vocal coaching, a recording session to produce an audio version of their winning entry, an EMP family membership for one year, sponsored prizes, and an opportunity to read excerpts from their story in EMP’s Sky Church during an awards ceremony held in May.

Write Out of This World is presented in partnership with Jack Straw Cultural Center.

EMP would like to thank the following organization for their generous support of Write Out Of This World: