Ray Bradbury Creative Contest

About the Contest

Each year, Waukegan Public Library hosts an annual creative contest for artists and authors in honor of Waukegan native Ray Bradbury. 

This year’s contest was an exploration of the themes of Fahrenheit 451. Entrants were asked to submit work that explored their unique visions of the future. Entries were accepted from Jan. 1, 2016 – Feb. 15, 2016. This year’s contest was made possible by our Big Read. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.


2016 Winners

Short Stories
Elementary School: Eric Cisneros, The Josecon Portal
Middle School: Caroline Chung, Fly Away
High School: Justin Kim, Man in Machine
Adult: Kimberly Horta, A Grasp on Eternity

Visual Art
Elementary School: Isaac Bruno, Visual Art
Middle School: Jessica Flores, Futuristic Vitruvian Man
High School: Jacqueline Martinez, Future Be Now
Adult: Tara V. Purtell, Fahrenheit 32