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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Contest for Tampa Bay-area high school students

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Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Contest for Tampa Bay-area high school students




Tampa Bay high school students are invited to submit original, unpublished short stories on the theme of heroism.

Your hero can be divine, super, anti, or just a regular person who finds himself or herself in a situation where heroism is called for. Stories must contain the  sentence, “I never wanted to be a hero.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including professional fantasy and science fiction authors Scott Edelman, Marissa Lingen and Rick Wilber.

Entries will be accepted Oct. 1, 2019 – April 30, 2020 at

The Grand Prize winner will receive:
• $200 grand prize
• Invitation to read the winning story as a presenting author at the 2020 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading
• Grand prize plaque
• Winning story published on the contest website

Runners up will receive:
• $25 prize
• Award certificate presented at the 2020 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading

Visit for more details, complete official rules and to enter.

The contest is open to all students over the age of 13 in grades 9-12 in public, private and home 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 Stories must be previously unpublished and unsold.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 stories a student may submit.

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