Washington STEAM Multilingual Academy (WSMA) in Pasadena CA announced a new science fiction writing contest named in honor of alumnus Octavia E. Butler. Last year, the school renamed its library after Butler as well. Librarian Natalie Daily said,
It’s the idea of [Butler] representing a very, unique way of integrating science and the arts, and bringing that to the world and her award-winning writing. And we want to inspire our students to have a love of reading and writing as she had, and kind of spur that type of connection to reading and writing and STEAM throughout our school.
The inaugural content will be open only to WSMA students, but the school hopes to extend the contest district-wide in 2022. Winners will be announced February 19, 2021.
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