Collins Writing Contest

A silhouetted man standing on the shoulder of an enormous robot directs a construction crane

33nd Annual Collins Writing Contest: The Bots

They’re not the droids we’re looking for, but they are the machines and artificial intelligences that run our lives.

They stream the videos we watch, tell workers where to deliver our food orders, and track more information about us than we ever knowingly reveal.

They are…

The Bots.

For the 33rd annual Collins Writing Contest, entrants are invited to explore the subject of the bots in a short story.

Entry deadline: Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm


2021 Collins Writing Contest Entry Form [PDF - 926 KB]

Full contest rules [PDF - 211 KB]

Our responses to frequently asked questions [PDF - 677 KB]

Important Dates

Theme announced Thursday, October 15, 2020
Entry deadline Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 5:00 pm
GPPL notifies winners starting Friday, April 2, 2021
Awards ceremony TBA



If you have any questions that are not answered on this page or the linked files, please e-mail Jacob Fehr at