2016 Tomorrow Prize Winner

The winner of Sci-Fest LA’s Tomorrow Prize for the best sci-fi story written by a Los Angeles high school student was won by Matilda Berke for “Rock Star.” She won a $1,000 scholarship from US Bank.

The award was presented at a ceremony on May 14 during which celebrities read all the finalists aloud to an audience.

Tomorrow Prize

The other finalists were:

  • “Requiem” by Sam Dulys (Grover Cleveland High School Magnet Program)
  •  “The Missing Memory” by Hazel Carias (Fairfax Senior High School)
  • “Details” by Sam Clark (Polytechnic School)
  • “To Steal a Star” by Joseph Springer (Granada Hills Charter High School)

The contest judges were Gary Phillips (co-editor of the bestselling anthology Black Pulp), Jennifer Bosworth, (author of YA novels Struck and The Killing Jar), Joshua Dysart (multiple Eisner Award nominee, Glyph award-winning, New York Times Bestselling comic book writer and graphic novelist), Julia Mary Gibson (author of Copper Magic), Rosalind Helfand (a writer and organizer in LA’s literary community), Lissa Price (author of the Starters series), and Geoffrey Wood Patterson II (comic store owner).

2 thoughts on “2016 Tomorrow Prize Winner

  1. How wonderful! I look forward to seeing works from these authors in the future.

  2. Serious question–does it help event participation when actors way, way, way down the list are advertised as if they are a-listers, or do people see it more as an event advertising that a meal will be served, then are handed a packet of peanuts and a can of off-brand soda? I’m fairly media savvy, but I’ve never heard of any of those 5 “celebrities” and only 2 of their vehicles. (Today’s celebrity guest: a barber who trimmed Peter Meyhew’s hair once!)

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