2019 Tomorrow Prize Finalists

At LitFest Pasadena on May 19, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. on the Pasadena Playhouse Main Stage, celebrity guests will read the five Tomorrow Prize student finalists’ stories, after which the first, second, and third place winners will be announced.

The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction was created by Sci-Fest LA in 2014 “to identify and encourage the next generation of science fiction writing talent.”


  • “Guardian Angel” by Ailun Shi (Palos Verdes Peninsula High)
  • “Night” by Megan Vidovich (Port of Los Angeles High)
  • “Gone Now & Forever” by Avi Strok (High Tech Los Angeles)
  • “The Song Remains the Same” by Arin Krausz (Grover Cleveland High)
  • “Wick of Adolescence” by Nicholas Kouchnerov (High Tech Los Angeles)


  • “Newton’s Third Law” by Yvonne Kuo (Cerritos High)
  • “Silver Pots” & “Obsolescence” by Desiree Eshraghi (Cleveland Humanities Magnet)
  • “Fishing for Plastic” by Ksenia Pylnev (High Tech Los Angeles)
  • “Lending a Voice” by Jaide Lin (Cerritos High)
  • “The Heritage Construction Agency” by Antonio Torres (Port of Los Angeles High)
  • “Successful” by Chloe Silver (High Tech Los Angeles)
  • “Moon Flower” by Veronica Stanek (Glen A. Wilson High)
  • “Ashla” by Ailun Shi (Palos Verdes Peninsula High)

At the same event, the inaugural Green Feather Award will be presented by Los Angeles Audubon. The award “recognizes an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author that centers on overcoming today’s environmental challenges. The winning story will highlight the importance of ecology and biodiversity.” The winner also will be read aloud on stage by a celebrity guest.


  • Waste Land Awakening by Molly Hill (Polytechnic High School)

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