Science Chronicles is a science fiction writing competition organised by the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) and Science Centre Singapore.

Launched in 2007, the competition aims to foster a new generation of scientific thinkers and writers who let their imagination reign free when it comes to the infinite potential of science and technology.

Science Chronicles is open to all students in Singapore between the ages of 15 and 18 years old.

Students are given free reign to pen their literary creations while including elements of science and technology within their storyline.

Science Chronicles is a literary quest that seeks to:

  • Identify budding writers among the student cohort
  • Promote the applications of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to everyone
  • Encourage imaginative thoughts of science and technology of the future among students
  • Build a new breed of scientific thinkers and visionaries – who can fuse the applications of science and research with the art of imaginative literary creation.

writing competition

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The competition is open to all students studying in Singapore, between the ages of 15 and 18 years.

Category A

- Secondary 3 and 4 students

- IP Schools Year 3 and 4 students

- International students aged 15-16 years old studying in Singapore

Category B

- Junior College 1 and 2 students

- IP Schools Year 5 and 6 students

- ITE and Polytechnic students

- International students aged 17-18 years old studying in Singapore

- Your story must incorporate the theme of science and technology, and must be between 1,500 to 3,000 words.

- Entries which have been submitted or published, or have won prizes, in local or overseas competitions will not be eligible.

- Co-produced entries are accepted as one entry.

- Late submissions will not be considered for the competition.

- Multiple entries are allowed, but stories must be clearly labelled and titled to avoid confusion.

Essays must: 

  •  Be submitted in this format:

          ⁃  Typewritten in English

          ⁃  Font type: Arial

          ⁃  Font size: 12 point

          ⁃  Maintain a 1.5-line spacing, with a 1-inch margin on all sides

          ⁃  A4-page setting

  •  Have at least 1,500 words and a maximum of 3,000 words per entry
  •  Have a separate cover page that includes:

          ⁃  Your full name

          ⁃  Your school

          ⁃  Title of your essay

  •  Have the title indicated at the top right hand corner of each page of your manuscript
  •  State the total number of words written at the end of your manuscript
  •  Number each page of your manuscript
  • Be submitted through the online registration portal and all registration fields must be completed during the online submission
  •  Be attached and submitted through the online registration portal in Word Document (doc/docx)

The submission deadline is on 23 July 2018, 11.59pm.

The finalists and winners of the writing competition will be announced during the Science Chronicles Awards Ceremony.

An email acknowledgement will be sent to confirm your online submission. If you do not receive an email 

notification within three days from your submission, please contact sandra@science-chronicles.com or call 6338 9325 for clarification. 

Your stories will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Interesting setting, creative use of scenario, with inclusion of at least some mention of Science and/or Technology (30%)
  • Originality and completeness of storyline (30%)
  • Organisation, development of ideas expressed and usefulness or appropriateness of examples where relevant (20%)
  • Consistency of language usage, proper use of grammar, spelling, punctuation, variety in sentence structure and range of vocabulary (20%)
  • (Bonus) Incorporating R&D setting or promoting understanding of technological innovation through research instory line (5%)


All submitted essays and all rights to their publication become the property of Science Centre and A*STAR, which may use, edit and extract these essays for publicity/research and student outreach purposes.


Personal particulars of all entrants will remain confidential and known only to competition secretariat during the            competition. The names and contact details of the entrants may be made known to the judges after the competition is completed.

In the event of media interview requests with the prize winners, the organiser will seek prior consent of the winners  and their schools.

Exciting prizes will be awarded to the top three stories. 

Prizes will be awarded according to per entry and not the number of writers.


First Prize

Second Prize

Third Prize

Consolation Prize






For further enquiries and information, please contact sandra@science-chronicles.com or call 6338 9325 during office hours.

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2017 Winners

Prize Full name School Title of story
1st Song Hyun Hua Methodist Girls’ School The Last Job in the World
2nd Peck Ern Hui Stephanie Methodist Girls’ School Lightspeed
3rd Tan Meng Jin Jeremy Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Aspire Infinity
3rd Lok Suet Ming Sarah, Michele Pek Jia Hui and Ni Chenfei Emily Raffles Girls' School (Secondary) Hello, Jim
Finalist Baskaran Sneha and Megan Soh Minyi Cedar Girls' Secondary School The Fallacy of Perfection
Finalist Ethan Christian Tan Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) Cradle to Grave
Finalist Tan Yule Matthew Nan Chiau High School Vessels
Finalist Alessandra Tan Dizon Tanjong Katong Girls' School Omega
Finalist Hong Yi Jun Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Medicure
Finalist Lim Yi Chien Jessie Chung Cheng High School (Yishun) Ephemera: of Androids and Bread
Prize Full name School Title of story
1st Sim Kuan Ping Annie St Joseph's Institution A Space in Time
2nd Hong Xin Yue Dunman High School Rain of Diamonds
3rd Russell Tan Yong Hsuan St Joseph's Institution The Man Who Died 25 Times
Finalist Khoo Jia Le Isaac St Joseph's Institution Time Thief
Finalist Sim Jo Lin Nanyang Junior College Thinking Cap
Finalist Tricia Tan Hui Ling National Junior College Love is All You Need
Finalist Ng Kai Yang St Joseph's Institution Journeys
Finalist Maisie Loy Victoria Junior College Error 404
Finalist Maisie Loy Victoria Junior College Choice
Finalist Gabriel Ong Xianwei Hwa Chong Institution Crashed

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