The New Jersey Future Problem Solving Program (NJFPS) invites you to enter your students in a scenario writing contest. Scenario Writing is a competition in which individuals develop short stories related to one of five FPS topics for the year. The story is set at least 20 years in the future and is an imagined, but logical, outcome of actions or events taking place in the world today.

Scenario Writing gives fledging writers guidelines and parameters. The story can be no more than 1,500 words and incorporate a futuristic topic from the current FPS year. This year’s topics include “Mission to Moon, Mars, and Beyond;” “Drones; Food Loss and Waste;” and “Coping with Stress.” The story must define a problem and address how it will be solved.

Four divisions are offered: Junior (Grades 4-6), Middle (Grades 7-9), and Senior (Grades 10-12).

NJFPS guides you and your students through the process. NJFPS will read, critique, offer suggestions, and encourage revisions. There’s no need for the teacher to grade the writing. The final product is read by multiple judges who provide feedback through a rubric.

Scenario writers begin the process in the fall. Scenarios are submitted on line by Feb. 1. First, second and third place awards are given in the Junior, Middle, and Senior divisions. The first-place winning scenarios are submitted to the International Competition where awards are given. Materials and resources are available for teachers free or at a low cost.

For more information go to njfps.org.

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