Ringling College adds Game Writing to its annual Creative Writing contests for high-school students

Ringling College adds Game Writing to its annual Creative Writing contests for high-school students

A new, free-to-enter Anyone’s Game contest joins Ringling College’s flagship Storytellers of Tomorrow global creative writing contest. The new contest offers young game writers a chance to win cash prizes and receive industry feedback.

“Our Creative Writing majors have the option of taking a concentration in scriptwriting, game writing, and combining word and image, so it just makes sense for our contest offerings to reflect all of those options, too,” said the contest’s founder and the Director of Ringling’s Creative Writing Department Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave.

The prizes for the Anyone’s Game writing contest are $300/$150/$50. The top prize includes one-on-one feedback from Kenneth Hite, author of Trail of Cthulhu and Night’s Black Agents role-playing games. He’s also lead designer on the 5th edition of Vampire: The Masquerade.

Enter both contests to win cash and make industry connections

Now in its eighth year, Storytellers of Tomorrow receives submissions from around the world. It features three categories for high-school students to enter: genre stories, literary stories, and nonfiction.

Thanks to top prizes in each category of $1,000 and industry feedback from a leading New York City editor, interest in this contest has exploded in recent years. The one-on-one feedback for this year will be provided by Brooke Vitale, author of more than 100 books, who has worked for 20 years as an editor for Penguin Random House and Disney.

High-school teachers are eager to get involved because opportunities for students to submit their original writing remain scarce. Teachers receive a free iPad if their students win any of those top prizes in the Storytellers of Tomorrow contest.

Nothing to lose, everything to gain

To enter, high school writers simply upload their best writing online (Anyone’s Game | Storytellers of Tomorrow ) by Jan. 15, 2023. Winners will be notified in February 2023.

Some contest winners go on to apply to Ringling College’s boutique Creative Writing program, which deliberately has fewer than 30 students. Students benefit from craft instruction from practicing writers/teachers and close interactions with visiting authors, scholars, and publishing professionals. Creative Writing classes cover historical, contemporary, and digital literary forms, with a global perspective.

“We’re unapologetically a commercial-prose-focused program where every student’s success matters,” said Van Cleave.

Through dozens of creative writing classes, internship opportunities, the literary journal Shift, the Ringling College Press, and a robust author conversation series, young writers grow from the moment they first set foot on campus.

That’s the goal of Ringling College’s Creative Writing major: launching careers, one student at a time. For many, it starts with the Storytellers of Tomorrow contest.

Now it can start with the Anyone’s Game contest, too.

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