The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards are one of the best opportunities out there for aspiring writers of science fiction and fantasy to get their work recognized. But the Awards are not the only writing competition that accepts entries in this category. Below is a sampling of opportunities devoted exclusively to science fiction and fantasy. Some contests offer cash prizes and opportunities for publication, so please read the directions/rules carefully as some restrictions and entry fees may apply.


  1. Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, Science Fiction & Fantasy Category: Eligible students in grades 7-12 may enter poems, short stories and dramatic scripts with science fiction or fantastical themes. Entries must be between 600 – 3,000 words. Deadline varies by region.
  2. L. Ron Hubbard Writers & Illustrators of the Future Contest: Open to both writers and artists, this unique contest offers a range of cash prizes. Submissions for both artistic and written works are accepted quarterly. National Fantasy Fan Federation Contest: (December 31, 2010)
  3. The International Aeon Award Short Fiction Contest: Get international acclaim in this short story contest accepting submissions in all forms of horror, science fiction and fantasy from around the world. The contest is sponsored by Ireland’s premiere science fiction magazine, Albedo One. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2011.
  4. The Willycon Short Story/Poetry Contest is sponsored by the Wayne State Science Fiction and Fantasy Club, in conjunction with the WillyCon convention.
  5. 2011 Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest: Sponsored by the National Space Society and Baen Books, this contest was established in memory of science fiction writer and publisher Jim Baen.

Image credit: Exile. Kelsey Laycock, Grade 12. 2010 Silver Medal, Art Portfolio (Digital Art).

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