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THE 2021 TOMORROW PRIZE Finalist Judges
Jennifer Brody, Science Fiction & Fantasy Author
Bobak Ferdowsi, JPL Engineer
Jess Phoenix, Volcanologist & Author
Charles Yu, Science Fiction Author
The 6th Annual Tomorrow Prize short science fiction writingcompetition is open for submissions on
September 15, 2020.
Sci-Fest LA and Light Bringer Project* are pleased to announce that the short science fiction writing competition,
THE TOMORROW PRIZE
for Los Angeles Countyhigh school students will be
open for submissions onSEPTEMBER 15, 2020.
Heading into its 6th year, the competition offers cash prizes for science fiction writing on any theme. In addition, special prizes will be awarded in environmental conservation.
Deadline for the competition submissions: * FEBRUARY 1, 2021
The competition winners and honorable mentions will be announced and a culminating event held at LitFest Pasadena in May 2021.
Stories must be original, 1,500 words or less, not published or posted, and not fan fiction.
* The Tomorrow Prize was founded by Sci-Fest LA and presented in partnership with
the Pasadena based arts and educationnonprofit,Light Bringer Project.
The Tomorrow Prize
for original short science fiction by Los Angeles County high school students
Readings & Awards Presentation at LitFest Pasadena on Sunday, May 19, 2019 * 5:30pm * Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S El Molino Ave.
Now in its fifth year, The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by Los Angeles County high school students is presented by Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. This competition inspires students to explore their present through speculating about their future and to excel in the art of storytelling. It is open to all 9th to 12th grade students attending schools in L.A. County. Students from over 15 schools submitted stories to The Tomorrow Prize 2019. At LitFest Pasadena on May 19, 2019 at 5:30pm, celebrity guests will read the five finalists’ stories, after which the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners will be announced.
The Green Feather Award
presented by Los Angeles Audubon
This special award, presented during The Tomorrow Prize Readings & Awards, recognizes an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author that centers on overcoming today’s environmental challenges. The winning story will highlight the importance of ecology and biodiversity. The winning story will be read aloud on stage by a celebrity guest.
Tomorrow Prize Finalist Judges
Jennifer Driscoll, Children’s Literature Council of Southern California Board President
Bobak Ferdowsi, JPL Scientist
Tamara Krinsky, Tomorrow’s World Today Co-host
Nicholas Meyer, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan Director
Mike Mongo, The Astronaut Instruction Manual Author
Jasika Nicole, Writer & Actor
Lilliam Rivera, Novelist
The Green Feather Award Judges
Tomorrow Prize First Round Judges
Carrie LaFerle Gergley
David Dean Bottrell
Competitions Intern: Samuel O’Brien