Writing Our Future

Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. present two science fiction writing competitions designed to identify and nurture the up-and-coming science fiction writing talent of Los Angeles and worldwide. Science fiction is a uniquely inspiring medium that has enabled many of our great thinkers and scientists to imagine the heights and limits of human achievement, leading to important moral and ethical debate, long range planning for humanity, and scientific invention. Writers are encouraged to explore scientific, social, technological, environmental, and philosophical themes in their writing and always, at the core, to master the art of great storytelling.

Dramatic readings by celebrity guests and awards presentations for The Tomorrow Prize and The Roswell Award 2018 will take place at LitFest Pasadena the weekend of May 19-20, 2018.



The Tomorrow Prize for short science fiction by Los Angeles County high school students inspires students to explore their present through speculating about their future and to excel in the art of storytelling. It is open to all 9th to 12th grade students attending schools in LA County. Four to six finalists are chosen and their stories are read by celebrity guests on stage at LitFest Pasadena in May. First, second, and third place prizes, as well as certificates, are presented to the finalists and the honorable mentions at the reading. In the last three years, around 15 schools and hundreds of students have participated in The Tomorrow Prize.

Submissions for The Tomorrow Prize 2018 are open October 2, 2017 to February 26, 2018. Submissions are free.

Prizes: First - $250; Second - $150; Third - $100; The Green Feather Award - $250.



The Roswell Award for short science fiction by adults (18+) from across the globe is an international competition. Past submissions have come from dozens of countries including Malawi, Ethiopia, Singapore, Brazil, Germany, Sweden, Canada, Australia, India, Pakistan, England, America, Kazakhstan, and others. Four to six finalists are chosen and their stories are read by celebrity guests on stage at LitFest Pasadena in May. First, second, and third place prizes, as well as certificates, are awarded to both finalists and the honorable mentions at the reading.

Submissions for The Roswell Award 2018 are open October 2, 2017 to January 29, 2018.

Prizes: First - $500; Second - $250; Third - $100; Special additional awards to be announced.




The Green Feather Award presented by Los Angeles Audubon

This award recognizes an outstanding science fiction short story by a teen author [or team of authors] that centers on overcoming today's environmental challenges. Strong entries will highlight the importance of ecology and biodiversity in some way, and we would be especially excited to see the local ecology, geography, culture, and environmental concerns of Southern California emphasized. We also recognize that issues of social and environmental justice strongly overlap with those concerning wildlife conservation, sea level rise, water conservation, climate change, and energy. Keeping that in mind, a story about a single neighborhood or school overcoming an environmental challenge would be just as valid as a story that tackles a much broader scale. 

The winner will receive a $250 cash prize and a one year Los Angeles Audubon membership.

Submissions guidelines will soon be available for download under The Tomorrow Prize.



All Tomorrow Prize and Roswell Award sponsor logos will appear on this page and additional benefits are available depending on sponsors’ level of support. Limited opportunities are available for sponsors to present special additional awards in the categories of environmental conservation, space exploration, philosophy/ethics, and social justice/human rights.

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* We seek to partner with companies and organizations that demonstrably share our vision for a just, equitable, and ecologically sustainable future.

Contact: Rosalind Helfand, Director of The Tomorrow Prize: rozhelfand@gmail.com, 310-869-5749