Monday, August 10, 2015

The 2015 Bold New Worlds Contest

You may remember that last year I started my own spec fic short story contest for high school students in the United States. It's that time of year again! Some schools are getting started and some still have a few weeks to go before the students get back to the daily grind, but it's time to spread the word for the 2015 year.

2015 Theme:

Creative Creatures! Whether it's machine, plant, alien, paranormal, horrific or some human hybrid, creative new creatures can elevate a story. Share your most creative creature with us this year. Make us believe anything is possible!

Here's an example. For my first novel I created a human dragon hybrid (I did it 14 years ago and now they're everywhere!). They were meant to be a bridge between the two races, a way to bring them closer. Of course things never turn out as planned, do they?

By Phillip Bartles 2013

The form to submit your story is now live HERE. You can also email your submission to

One of our lovely judges, Elizabeth Arroyo, made this great graphic for us. 

Feel free to share it on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your blog, wherever you hang out with your high school friends. 

Finally, if you'd like to read all the rules and see what the prizes are, you can view them HERE.
You can also Meet the Judges and learn about our Logo Contest that's running at the same time this year.