The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program was created to support, empower, and honor young writers. It’s an exciting time to be a writer thanks to the increasing number of narrative possibilities that new technologies and media offer. We believe that well-told stories can speak truths and communicate ideas in a way that nothing else can.
To that end, we’re inviting all high-school age students to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words in length for the 3rd Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The criteria for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative stories have the best chance of wowing the judges.
Send your story as a .doc, .docx, or .pdf attachment through email. Along with your submission, please include your name, your high school, your current grade level, and a few sentences about your background in writing, your hobbies/interests, or anything else you’d like to share to give us a stronger sense of who you are.
Students are asked to send no more than one (1) submission per category. The two categories are Literary Stories (think Tim O’Brien, O. Henry, John Green, and Alice Walker) or Genre Stories (think Neil Gaiman, Edgar Allen Poe, J.K. Rowling, and Philip K. Dick). Students can submit work to both contests if they choose. While these submissions can be traditional short stories, we are also quite open to graphic narratives, scripts, picture book manuscripts, comics, and other literary forms/blends for either submission category.
Please include "Storytellers of Tomorrow" in the subject line.
September 15, 2017 - January 15, 2018
Winners will be notified in January 2018.
The Ringling College of Art + Design Creative Writing Program faculty.
Virgil Suarez, auther of Latin Jazz and The Soviet Circus Comes to Havana & Other Stories
1st prize: $200 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt
2nd prize: $100 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt
3rd prize: $50 & a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt
**The judges reserve the right to award as many Honorable Mentions as the submissions merit. This honor includes each author receiving a Ringling College of Art + Design t-shirt.
**The top winner in each category will have their story published in Shift, the Creative Writing Program’s new literary arts journal that launches in fall 2017. Beyond that one-time publication, authors retain all rights to their stories.