About this Special Achievement Award:
The Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy, sponsored by the Ray Bradbury Foundation, provides $1,000 scholarships to six students whose writing best uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative. This award is part of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teens. The Awards encourage, publish, and grant scholarships to creative teens.
Who is eligible for this award?
All students in the U.S., Canada, or American schools in the rest of the world enrolled in grades 7–12 (ages 13 and up) are eligible to participate.
What is Science Fiction & Fantasy, and why is it an important 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!
Which types of art and writing can be submitted to the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy?
If you create any type of writing, we have a category for your submission! While we have a dedicated Science Fiction & Fantasy category for short stories, other categories that employ futuristic and fantastical themes (such as novels, poetry, flash fiction, etc.) are also eligible.
Click here to find out which writing category best describes your work.
How are the applications evaluated?
All works are evaluated on their originality, technical skill, and the emergence of a personal vision or voice. Additionally, works considered for the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy are evaluated on how they explore the genre(s) of science fiction and fantasy, as defined above.
When is the application due?
Submissions open on September 1, 2020. Regional deadlines vary and can be as early as December 1, 2020. Click here to look up your regional deadline.
How to Apply:
Opt-in to the Ray Bradbury Award for Science Fiction & Fantasy at the end of your application to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A thoughtful personal statement (50 words or more) on how your work explores the genres of science fiction and/or fantasy is required. Click here to apply.
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