I thought I’d start posting info about the writing categories for the Scholastics Arts and Writing Competition. What the judges are looking for in each category is “ Work that breaks from convention, blurs the boundaries between genres, and challenges notions of how a particular concept or emotion can be expressed.”
“Work that uses technique to advance an original perspective or a personal vision or voice, and shows skills being utilized to create something unique, powerful, and innovative.”
This competition is for students in the 7th to 12th grade and is 13 and up. You need to create an account on the Scholastics Arts and Writing site.
Science Fiction & Fantasy (Category Description)
“Writing that uses supernatural, magical, futuristic, scientific, and technological themes as a key element of the narrative.”
“All work in which science fiction/fantasy is the key element should be submitted in this category. Do not base characters or plots on already published works (books, movies, comics, etc.). “
Word Length: 500–3,000 words.
Prize: Gold keys or medals, your work published, and bragging rights.
Deadline: December 5, 2018, if you live in New Jersey. Deadlines vary depending on where you live. Check www.artandwriting.org for more information.