Write Out of This World Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writing Contest 2020
Presented by MoPOP and Jack Straw Cultural Center

Since 2013, MoPop and Jack Straw Cultural Center have collaborated to provide winners of their annual Write Out of This World Writing Contest with a unique experience. In most years, winners participate in a writing workshop, voice workshop, and recording session at Jack Straw, resulting in a professionally recorded CD of each writer reading her own work.This year, given the challenges of meeting in person due to Covid-19, Jack Straw provided coaching sessions online, via Zoom, with writer Jared Leising and actor/vocal coach Meg McLynn.

Write Out of This World now includes a comics track! Creators submitted a science fiction or fantasy comic to this year's contest. See the winning comics and stories below.


2020 Short Story Winners

1st Place: "Yuni: The Last Warrior" by Saanvi Shah
2nd Place: "Life Needs Water" by Michal Hlavac
3rd Place: "The Frames" by Nathan Brown

1st Place: "Lazy Sunday" by Cecilia Ayres
1st Place: "The Harvester" by Caroline Shirley
2nd Place: "Hunting Medusa in 2099" by Ricardo Gurango
3rd Place: "The Rule Benders" by Camila Figueira

1st Place: "The Treehouse" by Elizabeth Keller
2nd Place: "Festival of Lanterns" by Ava Lee
3rd Place: "Infinite Death" by Sophia Smith

2020 Comic Winners

1st Place: "Jurassic Friends" by Kate Carmichael
2nd Place: "Adela and the Dragon" by Maya Shukla
3rd Place: "The New Planet" by Jamie Engler

1st Place: "Transformation" by Tayen Asplin

1st Place: "The Centricapead" by Veronica Johnson




Jack Straw artist team: Jared Leising, writer; Meg McLynn, vocal coach; Daniel Guenther, engineer; Joan Rabinowitz, executive director.

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Jack Straw Cultural Center
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Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 634-0919
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP)
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Seattle, WA 98109
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