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 fifth annual sci-fi and fantasy short story contest.

Submissions are judged by a panel of experts including EMP curators, professional writers, and Seattle community leaders. 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 will be 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, and an opportunity to read excerpts from their story in EMP’s Sky Church during an awards ceremony held in May!

Call for Entries


Open to students in 3rd–12th grades. To be considered for the contest, story submissions must be between 200–2,000 words in length and be written in the genre of science fiction and/or fantasy

The deadline for submissions has passed. Winners will be announced mid-March 2015.

Questions? Contact Education@EMPmuseum.org.

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

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