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Annual Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

Eligibility   The contest is open to all age groups. The age groups are defined as Elementary, Middle School, High School, and Adult.*

Formats Accepted

  • Short stories   Must be typed, 12 point, double-spaced, on white 8 ½” X 11” paper, 1 copy. Short stories should be no longer than 4 single-side pages. Entries longer than 4 pages will be disqualified. **
  • Short Story in Graphic Novel Form    Submit up to two 8.5 x 11 pages of graphic panels. Entries must be accompanied by an artist statement.

  • Visual Arts   Submissions of sculptures, paintings, photographs, and drawings will be classified as visual art. A statement of how the piece is relevant to the contest topic must be submitted with the visual art on a notecard. Entries without a statement card will be disqualified. **

Deadline   All entries must be received on or before Feb. 15, 2016. Entries may be hand-delivered or emailed with entry form on or before the deadline. Mailed entries must be received by the deadline or sooner. Late entries will not be accepted.

Judges   The names of the judges will be available upon request.

Mail or Hand-deliver Entries (with entry form) To

Waukegan Public Library

Attention: Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

128 North County Street

Waukegan, IL 60085

Email Entries (with entry form) To   rosecourtney [at] waukeganpl [dot] info

Literary Journal   The winning entries will be published on the Ray Bradbury Creative Contest page of the library web site. All entries will be included in a literary journal available for download. Winners will receive award certificates and be acknowledged in the literary journal online.

Winners   The winning entries will be announced on March 15, 2016.

*Library employees, board members, and their immediate family are not eligible to participate.

**Library is not responsible for lost or damaged displayed work.

All entries must include an entry form.

If you have questions about the Creative Contest, please call Rose Courtney at 847-623-2041 x 232, or email rosecourtney [at] waukeganpl [dot] info (subject: Ray%20Bradbury%20Creative%20Contest) .

The Big Read is a project of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Congratulations to the 2015 Winners

Short Stories

Adult short story -  Destination Ghoul by Tim McGlen

High School short story  – The Heist by Julia Mun

Middle School short story – August 6, 2056 by Celeste Xu

Elementary short story – The Sydney Switch Spell by Hope Davis



Adult poetry – The Marmaid by Brian Sammond

High School poetry  – A Haven by Jason Gomez



Adult visual  – Ray Bradbury’s Zeppelin by Dexter Fabi

High School visual – Wonderful Discoveries by Jaqueline Martinez

Middle School visual – Believing in Him by Feliza Gonzalez

Elementary visual – Monster Plant by Joshua Garcia