Storytellers of Tomorrow Writing Contest

The 9th Annual "Storytellers of Tomorrow"

The Ringling College of Art and 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. 

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Send us your stories (under 2000 words) and micro-roleplaying games (under 600 words)! One entry per student, per category.

2024 Contest Details

High-school-age students are invited to submit unpublished, original English-language stories of up to 2,000 words or a micro-roleplaying game (micro-rpg) of 600 words for the 9th Annual “Storytellers of Tomorrow” Contest. The sole criterion for earning prizes in this contest is simply overall quality, meaning that well-edited, engaging, and evocative entries have the best chance of winning over the judges. 

Contest entries will be accepted from October 15, 2023-January 15, 2024. Click the button below to enter using the Contest Google form to submit. Please read through the answers in the FAQs in preparation of your submission. 


Creative Writing Program
Dr. Ryan G. Van Cleave
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234

Prizes in Each Category

1st prize

  • $500
  • 1:1 consultation about your writing with a literary agent or editor
  • iPad for each winner’s high school writing teacher
  • Ringling College Creative Writing T-shirt


2nd prize

  • $100
  • Ringling College Creative Writing T-shirt


3rd prize

  • $50
  • Ringling College Creative Writing T-shirt

Honorable mentions

  • Ringling College Creative Writing T-shirt

Judges’ Award

One full-tuition scholarship to Ringling College’s 2024 summer PreCollege program ($6,950 value)