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 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, and an opportunity to read excerpts from their story in EMP’s Sky Church during an awards ceremony held in May.

2015 Winners

EMP would like to congratulate our winners for this year’s Write Out of This World Sci-Fi and Fantasy Short Story Contest. Click on the links to read each story (PDF).

3rd-5th Grade

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

6th-8th Grade

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

9th-12th Grade

1st Place: “60 Seconds” by Lilly Hurt
2nd Place: “Fraigslist” by Amelia Miller
3rd Place: “Empty Space” by Ava Cline

In recognition of the talent and achievement of our winners they will receive several prizes, including the opportunity to participate in a writing and recording workshop held at Jack Straw Cultural Center, where they will create an audio version of their story.

We would like to thank everyone that submitted entries this year.

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: