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Write Out of This World: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story and Comic Contest provides an opportunity for tomorrow's storytellers to create, improve, and share their work with the world (and beyond)!

HUGE NEWS! Write Out of This World now includes a comics track! Creators submitted a science fiction or fantasy comic to this year's contest. See some of the winning comics and stories below.

Congratulations to our 2020 Winners! 

2020 SHORT STORY WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: “Yuni: The Last Warrior” by Saanvi Shah 
2nd Place: “Life Needs Water” by Michal Hlavac
3rd Place: “The Frames” by Nathan Brown

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "Lazy Sunday” by Cecilia Ayres
1st Place: "The Harvester” by Caroline Shirley
2nd Place: “Hunting Medusa in 2099” by Ricardo Gurango
3rd Place: "The Rule Benders" by Camila Figueira

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "The Treehouse" by Elizabeth Keller
2nd Place: "Festival of Lanterns" by Ava Lee
3rd Place: "Infinite Death" by Sophia Smith

2020 COMIC WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: “Jurassic Friends” by Kate Carmichael
2nd Place: “Adela and the Dragon” by Maya Shukla
3rd Place: “The New Planet” by Jamie Engler

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: “Transformation” by Tayen Asplin

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "The Centricapead" by Veronica Johnson

About the Program

Write Out of This World: Science Fiction and Fantasy Short Story Contest gives writers between grades 3–12 a platform to share their short story writing and comic work.


SUBMISSIONS

Submissions for Write Out of This World 2020 are closed. Be the first to know about 2021 submissions by signing up for our newsletter


SUBMISSION TYPES

Writing track

Comic track


COMIC TRACK REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible, all comic track submissions must meet the following requirements:

• Different grade levels will be required to send in different lengths of comics

Grades 3–5: 8 pages

Grades 6-8: 16 pages

Grades 9-12: 24 pages

• No page size minimum or maximum

• Students may collaborate with one another with a maximum of 2 people working on a project in the same age range. When 2 students from different grade levels work together, their page requirement will be that of the higher-grade level

• Every comic must include a cover and a title page with the names of the participants, and the year it was made

• Contestants do not have to be from Seattle, WA


WRITING TRACK REQUIREMENTS

To be eligible, all writing track submissions must meet the following requirements:


• 200-2000 words long

• In the genre of science fiction and/or fantasy

• The sole creative work of the listed student author

• Contestants do not have to be from Seattle, WA


SCORING CRITERIA

• Originality

• Character Development

• Story Complexity

• Successful use of dramatic structure or story arc (exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, denouement)

• Dialogue that adds meaning to the story

• Grammar, usage, and spelling


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

Norwescon

    


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

Jack Straw Cultural Center

PAST WINNERS

2019 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: “When The Needle Touches Your Skin" by Evelyn Bieniawski
2nd Place: “Carma and The Dragon" by Fiona Ayres
3rd Place: “If She Were Here" by Nadia Rose Tabbara

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: “Faux Freedom” by Ehinowen Uwa
2nd Place: “Three Friends” by Tess Halpern
3rd Place: “The Execution of Katie Stirn” by Naomi Delavan

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: “Watches” by Eleanor Cenname
2nd Place: “The Power of Friendship” by Daphne Land
1st Place: “The Earth Fighter” by Eileen Miller


2018 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: “The Harpy’s Familiar" by Vivian R. Tynes
2nd Place: “Letting Go” by Sylvia Petrescu-Prahova
3rd Place: “38 Minutes” by Ava Gharib

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: “A Dragon’s Seasons” by Varenna Ronald
2nd Place: “Ember and the Temple” by Cecilia Ayres
3rd Place: “The Unfortunate Disappearance of Ms. Ellison” by Edan Gortzak

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: “Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary” by Daphne Land
2nd Place: “Galatea” by Ken Cummings
3rd Place: “The Burning Line” by Kenny Goliff


2017 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: "In the Heart of Zeena" by Della Abler
2nd Place: "Feelings" by Oliver Ahrens-Siegel
3rd Place: "Waves" by Charlotte Durham

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "The Legend of Raan" by Alex Olson 
2nd Place: "Moorhen" by Kate Okerstrom
3rd Place: "DING" by Glenn Crum

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "Come Fly With Me" by Aidan Linder
2nd Place: "And the Stars Sang" by Trinity Hunter
3rd Place: "The Last Interrogation" by Dakota Li


2016 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: "Ordinary" by Edan Gortzak
2nd Place: "Stella" by Amelia Jones
3rd Place: "Train 362" by Cordelia Rodriguez

GRADES 6-8

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

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "The Temple of The Lost Gods " by Tully McCombs
2nd Place: "Unlikely Gifts From A Reaper " by Megan Bass
3rd Place: "Buffer" by Ava Cline


2015 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: "The Wall" by Joanna Vahey
2nd Place: "The Wood of Hoods" by Megumi Whisman
3rd Place: "Floor A, -2" by Adrienne Stern

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "Beyond the Window" by Tucker Cornell 
2nd Place: "Rematerialize" by Mark Polyakov
3rd Place: "Famous" by Jose Luis Gandara

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "60 seconds" by Rowan Hurt
2nd Place: "Fraigslist" by Amelia Miller
3rd Place: "Empty Space" by Ava Cline


2014 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

1st Place: "Mongie the Kookie" by Chee Ong
2nd Place: "Macaroni and Mars Don't MIx" by Anna Holbrook
3rd Place: "November's Save" by Sophia Baldwin

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "Humanity" by Rowan Hurt
2nd Place: "The Flower of Skye" by Shayla McCombs
3rd Place: "Omega" by Sophie Lee

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "Devotion" by Carly Cooper
2nd Place: "Somewhere Only We Know" by Camille Lemire
3rd Place: "Names in Stone" by Sophia Harris


2013 WINNERS

GRADES 3-5

2nd Place: "Buddy" by Lauren Debord
3rd Place: "Emma And The Flower Kingdom" by Allenamae Dodd

GRADES 6-8

1st Place: "The Legend of Ra" by Cleo Fuller
2nd Place: "In The Dark I See" by Madeline Rainwater
3rd Place: "Colony" by Brendan Lancaster

GRADES 9-12

1st Place: "Wish Catcher" by Nan Wu
2nd Place: "Tsubasa" by Mia Smith
3rd Place: "The Legend of Ayeddis" by Megan Gleason


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