The 2nd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” High School Creative Writing Contest
The Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program invites all high-school age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 2nd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The criteria for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of winning over the judges.
Submission Guidelines: Mail a double-spaced hard copy of your story to us OR send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment through email. Along with your submission, please include your name, high school, current grade level, which category you are submitting to, and a few sentences about your background in writing, your hobbies/interests, or anything else you’d like to share to give us a stronger sense of who you are.
Students are asked to send no more than one (1) submission per category. The two categories are Literary Stories (think Tim O’Brien, O. Henry, John Green, and Alice Walker) or Genre Stories (think Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, and Philip K. Dick). Students can submit work to both categories if they choose. While these submissions can be traditional short stories, we also encourage graphic narratives, scripts, picture book manuscripts, comics, and other literary forms/blends for either submission category.
Submission Address for Hard Copies:
“Storytellers of Tomorrow” Creative Writing Contest
C/O The Creative Writing Program
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
Or email your submission to:
creativewritingATringlingDOTedu (Change AT to @ and DOT to . )
Submission Period: Oct 1, 2016 – Dec 1, 2016 (postmarked)
(Winners will be notified on or before January 7, 2017)
Initial Judges: The Ringling College of Art and Design Creative Writing Program faculty
Final Judge: Todd Pierce, award-winning author of Newsworld and Three Years in Wonderland
Entry Fee: None
Prizes in each category:
1st prize: $200 & a Ringling College of Art and Design t-shirt
2nd prize: $100 & a Ringling College of Art and Design t-shirt
3rd prize: $50 & a Ringling College of Art and Design t-shirt
**The judges reserve the right to award as many Honorable Mentions as the submissions merit. This honor includes each author receiving a Ringling College of Art and Design t-shirt.
**The top winner in each category will have their story published in the Creative Writing Program’s literary arts magazine that launches in Academic Year 2017-2018, for which each author will receive a contributor copy. Beyond that one-time publication, authors retain all rights to their stories.