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.


Tampa Bay high school students, submit your original, unpublished short story on the following theme by March 31, 2017.

Submissions will be judged by a panel of experts including professional fantasy and science fiction authors Greg Bossert, Marie Brennan and Rick Wilber.


The grand prize winner will receive:


• $100 grand prize
• Invitation to read the winning story as a presenting author at the 25th Annual Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading in fall 2017
• Grand Prize Award plaque
• Publication of the winning story on the Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education




• Contest opens: Jan. 15, 2017
• Deadline for submissions: March 31, 2017




View the complete Official Rules
• The contest is open to all students over the age of 13 in grades 9-12 in public and private schools in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco and Pinellas counties
• Stories must be previously unpublished and unsold
• There is no fee to enter, and no limit to the number of entries students may submit



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