The Tampa Bay Times Newspaper in Education Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Award is presented annually at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading.
The award seeks to nurture and recognize the creativity and talent of young writers in the Tampa Bay area. It was established to encourage aspiring authors to explore the genres of science fiction and fantasy and to experiment with the short story format.
Entries are judged by a panel of experts including professional fantasy and science fiction authors and Tampa Bay Times staff.
Grand Prize Winner Brenna Garcia, Osceola Fundamental High School, "Fool's Gold."
Grand Prize Winner Shannon O'Shea, Shorecrest Preparatory School, "2050."
Grand Prize Winner Mindy Do, Wiregrass Ranch High School/Cypress Creek Middle High School, “A Thief’s Honor.”
Grand Prize Winner Graham Hill, Plant High School, “To Whom It May Concern.”
Grand Prize Winner Rashi Lakhotia, Middleton High School, “Gunshot”
Grand Prize Winner Kaeleigh Dawson, Indian Rocks Christian School, “Wait, Our Brother is an Alien?!”
Grand Prize Winner Lydia Cooper, home school, “Well Done”
Grand Prize Winner Jaari Moreno, East Lake High School, "Important Questions"