Deadline: April 30, 2020

The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education program’s annual Science Fiction and Fantasy writing contest for high school students invites Tampa Bay high school students to submit original, unpublished short stories on the theme of heroism.

Your hero can be divine, super, anti or just a regular person who finds himself or herself in a situation where heroism is called for.

Stories must contain the sentence, “I never wanted to be a hero.”

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts including professional fantasy and science fiction authors Scott Edelman, Marissa Lingen and Rick Wilber.

The Grand Prize winner will receive $200 and an invitation to read the winning story as a presenting author at the 2020 Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, while runners up will receive a $25 prize.

Details and an online application can be found here. There is no fee to enter.