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Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy

About This Scholarship

Sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation, the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy offers $1,000 scholarships for up to six students whose writing uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, or technological themes as key elements of the narrative.

What is Science Fiction & Fantasy, and why should I try writing in this genre?

Science Fiction & Fantasy uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. Popular examples of science fiction and fantasy include Ray Bradbury’s classic Fahrenheit 451, as well as more modern fiction series like Harry Potter and The Hunger Games.

Your voice can imagine alternative worlds or the future of our planet, and in turn, teach us about the present. Even if you are new to writing science fiction or fantasy, this award is for you!

How do I apply?

Enter your work to any category in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. At the end of your application, opt in to the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy. You will be prompted to include a personal statement on your work.

What should I write about in my personal statement?

Your personal statement should be 50 words or more and answer the following questions:

  • Why do you think your work falls into the category of science fiction, fantasy, or speculative writing?
  • Why are you specifically interested in using science fiction or fantasy themes, compared to more realistic ones?

Getting Started on Your Submission

These resources can help you use science fiction and fantasy themes in your writing.

  • Get tips on how to create your alternative or futuristic world with Go Teen Writers.
  • Ask yourself these fantasy worldbuilding questions, offered by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, as you develop a world for your characters to navigate.

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