Now in its fifth year, the competition inspires students to explore their present through speculating about the future, and to excel in the art of creativity and storytelling. The Tomorrow Prize is presented by the Light Bringer Project and Sci-Fest L.A. On May 19th, Megan’s winning story was read aloud by celebrity guests at LitFest Pasadena. She'll be published in Parents Magazine, and will receive a $250 award plus free tuition for a college-level writing course! Megan shares a bit about the experience below. Her story is a MUST READ! 

A few thoughts from Megan!

I participate in POLAHS’ Student Council as the Junior Commissioner. I'm also a clerk in the San Pedro delegation for the Youth and Government (Y&G) Model Legislature and Court Program, as well as former Presiding Commissioner of the National Issues Commission at the Y&G Spring Conference. I have a 4.4 GPA. After high school, I plan on going to a four year university. I'm interested in studying marine biology, journalism, conservation, and music. I hope to pursue a career in my main passion, which is songwriting.
I was inspired to write a piece for the Tomorrow Prize after hearing about it from my Creative Writing teacher, Mrs. Clark. In her class, I enjoy being able to branch out of my comfort zone and be experimental with my work. The class gives me a chance to write scripts and stories that I would never have thought of writing outside of class.

The story I submitted was based on feeling disconnected from society. I'm passionate about this topic because it's something that many people experience and struggle with. I wanted to let the readers know that even if you don't feel as if you belong now, you will find your place one day.

The LitFest was held at the Pasadena Playhouse. The pieces of the five finalists were read by celebrity guests. I was nervous to hear my piece because I can be shy about sharing my writing, and had never heard anyone else read my work aloud before. However, the voice actress who read my story, Anna Graves, read the piece perfectly. She emphasized and added dramatic pauses at all the right places. She gave me chills, and I was the writer! It was super cool and unlike anything I've ever experienced. I'm so grateful for the opportunity.



 Words from Ms. Clark 
Creative Writing Class Teacher

We're proud to unveil POLAHS' 2019 Literary Journal, a student created, published, and promoted magazine under the direction of the Creative Writing class. Although much of the written submissions do come from students enrolled in Creative Writing, many students outside of the class also submit and are published.  The pieces in the journal range from stories to poems as well artwork from the CTE classes. 

A lot of time, energy, and discussion goes into each year’s creation of the Journal. The Creative Writing students take ownership of the process as they work in a professional writers’ group setting. They begin by reviewing and revising the Guidelines for Submissions. They make fliers and posters to advertise for submissions and visit classrooms to read samples of their own work to encourage school wide involvement. This year, Emanuel Martinez wrote, directed and edited the first ever commercial to promote the Literary Journal. As submissions began to roll in, students discussed the format and structure of this year’s Journal. They looked at prior year’s  to decide how they wanted it to look. The 2019 staff added a “Behind the Piece”  portion in which students provided information about their work, stating where the idea for the piece stemmed from and/or what the piece meant to the author. The students then reviewed covers for the Lit Journal made by Mr. Miseroy's Advanced Graphic Design students, and once it was all pieced together, copies were printed and further reviewed by students. And then, finally, it went to the print shop!

The Lit Journal was unveiled at Open Mic Afternoon where students read their selections aloud to a large audience.  It was an amazing afternoon where the audience listened to a variety of topics all with the intent of keeping an open mind and celebrating the written word. Many students recognized that there are ideas for writing everywhere, and that their words have the power to touch others.

 Other CW Fun Facts: 

Creative Writing students are required to submit to publishers at a minimum of 4 times per semester. Many have been published and earned special recognition in "Teen Ink" and other publications.

Students create writing portfolios that represent a variety of genres and topics. Some of their work was from teacher directed assignments, and other pieces were completely student generated. 


CTE Video Production commercials to advertise for the Literary Journal: