Fiction Fantastic

THE 2019 Contest is Closed. Check back in November to enter Fiction Fantastic 2020!


About Fiction Fantastic

When did it all begin?

Founded in 2014 as the Young Writers Short Fiction Contest, Fiction Fantastic is an annual fiction contest for upper elementary, middle, and high school students in Lane County, Oregon. This contest is free to students attending public, private, and homeschool.

FUN FACTS

In 2018…

… we had over 170 entries from students across the county.

… the total number of words submitted by contestants was 170,383.

… elementary school students submitted the most stories.

2019 Prizes

Prizes are awarded for First, Second, and Third Place in each grade level category.

  • First Place – $100
  • Second Place – $50
  • Third Place – $25

All winning submissions will be published in the 2019 Fiction Fantastic Anthology (including honorable mentions.)

Interested in being a sponsor for Fiction Fantastic or other Young Writers events? Contact us at bewriting@wordcraftersineugene.org.

The Judging Process

Each year we get an amazing group of VIP judges together that include authors, teachers, and other arts-oriented community members to read the contest submissions. Last year we had over 21 judges!

  • Judging is blind.
  • Submissions will go through two rounds of judging, with a possible third round (depending on the number of submissions).
  • Submissions will be ranked by total scores based on grade level criteria (see below).
  • The top five scoring stories of each grade level will be judged by a celebrity author for placement in first, second, third, and honorable mention (if applicable).

Interested in being a judge for Fiction Fantastic? Check out our volunteer form here: https://wordcraftersineugene.org/volunteer/

Judging Criterion

The following gives a breakdown of what judges are looking at for each grade level.

Elementary (Grades 3-5) Criteria

  • Story is original, creative, and engages the reader.
  • Story has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Story has clear conflict and resolution.
  • Story uses age-appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary.

Middle (Grades 6-8) Criteria

  • Story is original, creative, and engages the reader.
  • Story has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Story has clear conflict and resolution.
  • Story uses age-appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary.
  • Story has a balanced narrative arc.
  • Story makes artful use of dialogue.

High (Grades 9-12) Criteria

  • Story is original, creative, and engages the reader.
  • Story has a clear beginning, middle, and end.
  • Story has clear conflict and resolution.
  • Story uses age-appropriate sentence structure and vocabulary.
  • Story has a balanced narrative arc.
  • Story makes artful use of dialogue.
  • Story successfully uses scene and summary.
  • Story’s characters have dimension.

Contest Timeline 2019

November 1, 2018: Submissions Open

January 5, 2019: Fiction Workshop for Teens (13+)

January 12, 2019: Fiction Workshop for Preteens (9-12)

February 1, 2019: Submissions Close at 11:59 pm

February 4 – March 27, 2019: Judging Period

2nd Week of April 2019: Winners Notified

Friday, May 17, 2019: Fiction Fantastic Awards Event