A writing contest for Tampa Bay high school students

From ancient times, every culture on earth has created fantastical creatures to explain natural phenomena, symbolize belief systems and illustrate moral codes.

From mythical creatures such as dragons and griffins, to legendary beings such as unicorns, elves, banshees and mermaids, to modern folklore such as krakens, vampires, golems, yetis and chupacabras, fantastical creatures populate our dreams – and our nightmares.

Grand Prize Winner

Mindy Do, A Thief's Honor

Wiregrass Ranch High School

Read the winning story


First Runner-Up

Logan M.Cole, The Devil of Gila Town

Armwood High School

Second Runner-Up

Elisse Amstutz, Black Sails

Country Side High School

Honorable Mentions

Collin Boyer, My Time in the New Jersey Pine Barrens
Wiregrass Ranch High School

Angelora Cooper, Palingenesis
Wiregrass Ranch High School

Alanna Felton, The Changeling
T.R. Robinson High School

Allana Taylor, Scallops
Sunlake High School

Eve Lewis, Orange Skies
Boca Ciega High School


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