Fiction Fantastic Youth Writing Contest Opens for the 2024 Anthology

Wordcrafters is thrilled to announce that our annual youth writing contest, Fiction Fantastic, is now accepting entries! 

This year’s theme is “Realm of Forgotten Dreams.” 

The contest closes on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024  at 11:59 p.m.. Winners will be announced sometime in March.

The Fiction Fantastic creative writing contest began in 2014. It’s open to upper elementary, middle, and high school students in Lane County, Oregon. Youth that are in K-2 can enter their story for selection in the K-2 Spotlight, which does’t go through a judging process. 

Each year, students submit their short stories based on a preselected theme. Previous year’s themes included “Into the Imaginarium,” and “Portals.” Submissions are free, and students from public, private, and homeschool are encouraged to enter! 

When the contest closes, a panel of incredible judges including authors, teachers, and other artsy folks read over the submissions. The judging process is blind with two rounds of judging each grade level’s works based on predetermined criteria. 

The five highest total scores for each grade level category move into a final judging round, which is carried out by a celebrity author! The celebrity author then selects each of the works for placement in first, second, third, and honorable mention categories. Winners receive a cash prize, and publication in a professionally edited and published anthology.

Each year’s anthology features gorgeous cover art relating to the stories’ themes, and are available for purchase through Wordcrafters and online. Parents and their children alike take pride in seeing their words in the printed pages of a book, which is then shared with countless other parents and children to enjoy. 

There’s nothing like being able to say that you’re a published author under 18 years of age! So if you or someone you know is a kid who loves creative writing, spread the word that Fiction Fantastic 2024 is officially open. 

Let your imagination run wild and free, and you just might end up in this year’s anthology, “Realm of Forgotten Dreams!”

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