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Program Rules

  1. The Scenario Writing Competition is an individual competitive option in the Future Problem Solving Program.

  3. Students from aged 10 upwards may participate in Scenario Writing. The junior division includes grades 4-6; the middle division includes grades 7-9; and the senior division, grades 10-12.

  5. The scenario must be set at least 20 years in the future. Futuristic concepts and trends are incorporated into the scenario, but a specific date is not required.

  7. The scenario must have a recognizable relationship to one of the topics set for the current year. For 2011, these are
    Healthy Living
    Air Transport
    Genetic Testing
    Water Quality
    Emergency Planning

  9. The scenario must not exceed 1,500 words. This word limit must be STRICTLY ADHERED TO.

  11. There are 2 options for submitting scenarios during the year for evaluative comment and feedback:

    Option 1: Two Evaluations Registration (Draft and Final Submission)
    This entitles a student to submit a scenario draft for written feedback in May, and then the final scenario in August.


    Option 2: One Evaluation Registration (Final Submission only)
    This entitles a student to submit one scenario in the second round of the Scenario Writing Competition in August.


    Note: Coaches may use the Scenario Writing Program with one student, some students, or an entire class. When it comes time for each round of feedback, scenarios are submitted for evaluation- one (1) scenario per registration. Coaches are free to select the same or a different scenario writer’s work to submit for each round. They may submit revisions of the same scenario from the same student or a brand new scenario each time. However, an individual student may submit only one (1) scenario in any given round. However, there is no limit to the number of scenario writers a coach may register.


  13. Each school must provide a qualified evaluator for every three (3) Scenario Writing registrations. The evaluator will evaluate the draft and final submissions.

  15. Scenarios which are placed in the top 3 positions in each division may be eligible for submission to the International Office for the International Scenario Writing Competition. The 1st place writer in each division may be invited to attend the International FPSP Finals for the On-Site Scenario Writing Competition.



Scenarios will be evaluated by a panel of evaluators based on the following criteria:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Futuristic Thinking
  • Idea Development
  • Style/ Voice
  • Character Development
  • Mechanics
  • Topic Related Research