— Sci-Fest LA (@SciFestLA) May 19, 2016
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.
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)
5-14: Sci-Fest LA presented The Tomorrow Prize for best Sci-Fi Story written by a Los Angeles High School Student. pic.twitter.com/Ysl92NgqJ3
— David Dean Bottrell (@QuitcherBitchyn) May 16, 2016
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).