Scenario Writing
A creative writing competition using the Future Problem Solving topics for the school year.

A Future Problem Solving Program scenario is a story in which one possible outcome of the future is developed through character(s) and plot.  It is a prediction of the future and is written as though the future were the present.  The topic of each scenario must be based on one of the Future Problem Solving Program topics for the year.

What is Scenario Writing?

Scenario Writing is an individual competition in which students develop Sci-Fi short stories related to one of the five FPS topics for the year. The story is set at least 20 years in the future and is an imagined, but logical, outgrowth of actions or events taking place in the world today. The story should focus on one main character and develop that character through the plot of the story. The story is limited to 1500 words.

2017-2018 Scenario Topics • Spread of Infectious Diseases    • Toxic Materials   • Philanthrocapitalism    • Cloud Storage    • Biosecurity

Who can participate in Scenario Writing?

Students may participate in Scenario Writing in four divisions: Novice (grade 3), Junior (grades 4 – 6), Middle (grades 7 – 9), and Senior (grades 10 – 12). For students who participate in the GIPS booklet component of Future Problem Solving, Scenario Writing can serve as an excellent complement to their work on any of the topics used during the year, and it may be used with students who do not participate in other components of FPS; the creative writing involved may appeal to students who are not drawn to the team orientation of the other components.  Scenario Writing can be used as a stand-alone activity by an FPS coach, an English teacher, or any other instructor with students who are interested in creative writing.

How are scenarios evaluated?

Scenario Writing evaluators score the scenarios during January and February. The top scenarios in each division are published by WVFPSP and distributed at the State Competition. The winning stories in the Junior, Middle, and Senior Divisions are submitted for consideration in the International Level competition, and the first place authors are invited to attend the FPSP International Conference in June.  The TOP 14 Individual Scenario Writers are invited to attend the State Competition to participate in the on-site Scenario Writing Team Competition.

What is the on-site Scenario Writing Team Competition?

The top Individual Scenario Writers who have submitted a scenario to be evaluated by the deadline are invited to participate in the team writing competition at the State Competition. In this contest, three to four students from different schools in their division (Novice, Junior, Middle, or Senior) will write a story together (by chapters or individual character viewpoints, etc.) based on the topic presented at the State Competition. Each writer is scored individually, and the writing team receives a group score. Awards are given based on the team’s writing, as well as an individual “Best Writer” in each division.

What is the difference between Individual Scenario Writing and on-site Scenario Writing Team Competitions?

The Individual Scenario Writing Competition is the initial step required for Scenario Writers to be able to attend the West Virginia Future Problem State Bowl held in April. ONLY winners of the Individual scenario writing competition in the Junior, Middle, and Senior Divisions advance to the International Conference held in June. The Scenario Writing Team Competition is strictly a state level competition.

     2016 FPSPI Team Scenario Writing 2nd Place Winner - Luke W., Mountaineer Middle School, Morgantown, WV

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Guidelines for Evaluation of Scenario Writing