2017 Tomorrow Prize Winners

Sci-Fest LA and The Light Bringer Project presented the winners of The Tomorrow Prize on May 21 at LitFest Pasadena. The contest for short science fiction stories was created by in 2014 “to identify and encourage the next generation of science fiction writing talent” and is open to students in LA County.

FIRST PLACE
Joseph Springer
“The Most Satisfying Sound”

Joseph is a Junior at Granada Hills High School.

SECOND PLACE
Leslie Le
“The Dead Light”

Leslie is a Sophomore at Grover Cleveland High School.

THIRD PLACE
Samuel Fischbach
“Aether.Reality”

Samuel is a Junior at Granada Hills High School.

[Thanks to Rosalind Helfand for the story.]

2017 Tomorrow Prize Finalists

On Sunday, May 21 at 2 p.m., Sci-Fest LA will partner with LitFest Pasadena for dramatic readings of the Finalists’ stories for The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by L.A. County teens. The readings will happen in the Sculpture Plaza across from the Pasadena Playhouse – free admission, seating limited. Six finalists’ stories will be read by sci-fi celebrities, followed by an awards presentation.

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.”

The 2017 finalists are:

  • Samuel Fischbach, “Another Reality”
  • Leslie Le, “The Dead Light”
  • Richard Magdaluyo, “EARTH II”
  • Jonathan Herbst, “A Helping Hand”
  • Joseph Springer, “The Most Satisfying Sound”
  • Ekaterina Zhosan, “The Multiverse Theory”

Honorable Mentions: Cira Davis, Zachariah Nash, Angelica Pico, Allison Pleitez, Vianni Valle, and Paula Wang.

Tomorrow Prize for LA Student SF Writers Taking Entries

Tomorrow Prize logo

The 2017 Tomorrow Prize is accepting entries from students attending high school (9th-12th grade) in Los Angeles County. The deadline to submit is Friday, March 17.

Contest entries must be original short science fiction stories, not fan fiction, of 1,500 words or less.

Sci-Fest L.A. and Light Bringer Project seek to nurture imagination, creativity and excellence in writing amongst Los Angeles high school students. Science fiction writing provides a unique opportunity for students to develop the ideas and narratives that will shape the future of humanity from how we address pressing scientific, social, philosophical, and environmental issues to inspiring us to develop new technologies and explore outer space. We are seeking narratives that are imaginative, original, thoughtful, well told, and well written.

Five finalists’ stories will be dramatically read on stage by sci-fi celebrities during LitFest Pasadena on Sunday, May 21, followed by an awards presentation.

The Grand Prize Winner will receive $250, with second and third place winners each receiving $100.

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.”

Rules and submission guidelines are on the Tomorrow Prize’s Facebook event page.

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).