Young Writers Contest

Dear Young Writer,

The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society invites you to enter its 2017 "Young Writers' Contest."

  • The contest is open to all students in grades 5-12.
  • There will be separate winners for Middle School (grades 5-8) and High School (grades 9-12).
  • Each contest will have a prize of $100 for first place and a prize of $50 for second place.
  • The winners will also each receive two full memberships for this year's Philadelphia Conference of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror (Philcon). If the winner is already a member of the 2017 Philcon, these memberships may be used for the 2018 Philcon. 
  • Both science fiction and fantasy stories are eligible.
  • Stories should be 1,000 words or less for grades 5-8 and 3,000 words or less for grades 9-12.
  • Each contestant may submit only one story. This story must be accompanied by a copy of the submission form, included below.
  • A contestant's contact information (name and address) must NOT appear in the story. All contact information should be on the submission form. The title should be on every page of the story.
  • The contest opens August 1, 2017. Your stories must be postmarked or sent electronically by midnight on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. A hard copy entry should be mailed to: Young Writers' Contest; Philadelphia Science Fiction Society; P.O. Box 8303; Philadelphia, PA 19101. An electronic entry should be sent by e-mail to: writingcontest@psfs.org. Stories may be submitted electronically in .pdf, .doc, .rtf, or .txt format.
  • Stories will be judged by members of the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society.
  • Prizes will be awarded at the 2017 Philcon, November 10-12, 2017. Winners are welcome to bring guests to the award ceremony.
  • The Philadelphia Science Fiction Society (PSFS) reserves the nonexclusive right to publish each winning story, with written consent of parent or guardian. It is recommended that you and your parent or guardian also provided your signatures in the spaces provided on the submission form to acknowledge acceptance of these terms. You do NOT have to give PSFS publication rights in order to enter the contest.

Good Luck!

Lew Wolkoff
Contest Chairman

Click here for the Writers Contest Submission Form