Creative Writing

Raises public awareness regarding global environmental problems and provides solutions.


An essay involves the reader in a close and intimate conversation with the writer. Your essay should be your own personal response to the environmental problem you are writing about. It should provoke the reader to stand up for what is right. Your essay on the environment will be judged on its ability to express a personal story experience concerning the environment, for example, your personal experience or take on a forest, a lake, a mountain range or a city changing over time due to human intervention or greed.

Short Story

The short story has been around since humans have been able to speak. In other words, it is as old as language itself. The form of the short story conveys a single effect in only one or a few significant episodes or scenes.
Your short story will be judged by its power to provide a clear and satisfying treatment of your environmental issue directly or indirectly. No matter which genre of short story you wish to use – realism, science fiction, horror, mystery etc., it should unite and uplift the reader’s emotions in order to evoke a strong position or stand on the problem you choose to bring forth.


• A creative writing project should be prepared and submitted by only one student.

• You project file, including your creative work, must be submitted for complete application. All submissions must have titles. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their creative writing.

• Short story and essay projects should be 2000 words or less.

• Submissions should be on regular-size paper with 2.5cm margins from each side. They should be in 12-point type, preferably using Times or Arial fonts. Please do not use unusual fonts or single-spacing.

• All projects must be submitted in their final format.

• You must bring your own printed copy.

• You may prepare an optional poster to present your creative work. This can be placed on any board. Size will be announced soon.

• Finalists will give five-minute public readings (including judges) from their creative submissions. Other participants will be present during each student’s judging. Judges will afterwards respond with critiques and questions for each Finalist reader. How the reader responds to the questions of judges will influence medalist awards.

• You will be required to submit your artwork as part of the application process (submitted by uploading a document within the application system) and a one-page artist statement. All projects, including affiliated fair winners, must submit their artwork.

• All imagery must be your own work.

• File names must be in English characters.

• Students are allowed to make improvements on their projects between application and fair presentation.

• Students are allowed a maximum of 1-2 minutes of statement regarding their artwork.

• Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

VILIPO Creative Writing – Judging Criteria

1. Clarity and originality of expression
2. Significance and originality of thought
3. Structure
4. Relevance
5. Theme
6. Supporting details and/or description
7. Overall impression

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