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, writers and artists are challenged to create a work of art – poem, short story, or visual piece – that explores outer space. Ray Bradbury used his imagination to help readers soar past the earth’s atmosphere in the unknown – and now it’s your turn. 2017 entries must be received on or before April 30, 2017.

For the first time, you can submit spoken-word/ slam poem for consideration in this year’s contest! Please upload your original poetry to YouTube and include the link with your entry form.

The 2017 Contest is now closed. Winners will be announced in June 2017!

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