GENIUS Creative Writing uses writing to raise awareness about global environmental problems and calls the public to action on solutions.

Each GENIUS Creative Writing project can be prepared and presented by only one student. Students must make sure that there are no typos or grammatical errors in their submissions, and can update their submissions after applying. Creative writing projects are presented by reading to a live audience for 5 minutes, followed by a feedback session from judges. Here is the (Click on link)  Finalist Creative Writings for 2014 and GO2016 Finalists (You may check which one of these awarded with gold or silver medal)



The story has been a mode of expression since human beings first began to speak to each other.  The short story has evolved into many genres—realism, science fiction, horror, romance, fantasy, mystery—but across all modes it remains evocative and immediate, uniting our emotions and our intelligence in powerful, transformative ways.

Short stories may be in any style or genre—realism, science fiction, horror, romance, fantasy, mystery, etc.—but the judges will be looking for unity of effect and narrations with strong voices. Stories should address an environmental issue directly or indirectly.



Essays engage the reader in an intimate conversation with the writer.  The reader eavesdrops, in a sense, on the writer’s ruminations and reflections; the reader witnesses the writer’s attempts to offer a fresh take on his/her own experiences.  Essays have the power to connect the dots between what is and what could be. For purposes of this competition, “essay” will be defined as a memoir or true story.  The judges will not consider journalistic or academic essays, but rather are looking for personal stories that express the student’s own experience, memories, or observations related to environmental issues, such as a personal story of a city, lake, sea changing over time and personal reflection of the change.



Poems can inspire and illuminate; a poem about the environment can move the reader to action or to tears.  Poetic images can be literal or metaphorical; the poet can distill facts or amplify into the realm of imagination.  The poet finds ways of using form and style to emphasize content, but whether formal or free verse, the end result will touch the reader.

Poems can be in any form or style but will ideally use imagery and clear expression to evoke an emotional and/or intellectual response in the reader. Poems should address an environmental issue directly or indirectly.  Simply mentioning a river or a mountain will likely be insufficient, but the poetry need not be didactic.  



  • A creative writing project can be prepared and submitted by only one student.
  • You project file, including your creative work, must be submitted for a complete application. All submissions must have a title.  
  • Short story and essay projects should be 2000 words or less.  
  • Poets can submit 1-3 poems.  There should be no more than one poem per page, and the submission must be no more than five pages total.
  • Submissions should be on regular-size paper with 1.5” margins from each side.  They should be double-spaced, in 12-point type, preferably using Times or Arial fonts.  Please do not use unusual fonts or single-spacing.  (Note: Poets can format their poem(s) as they see fit.)
  • All projects must be submitted in their final format.

 GENIUS CREATIVE WRITING | What to expect at the Fair?

  • GENIUS Olympiad will provide a printed copy of your work as a booklet. However, you are advised to bring your own printed copy.
  • You may prepare an optional poster to present your creative work. This can be placed on any board 40x60 inches or smaller. 
  • 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 respond with critiques and questions for each Finalist reader.  How the reader responds to the questions of judges will influence medalist awards.
  • Read Finalist guide under rules for more information.

GENIUS Creative Writing Judging Criteria

1. Creativity
2. Genre
3. Structure
4. Style 
5. Relevance
6. Theme 
7. Concrete Detail
8. Overall Impression 






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