Deadline: Wednesday the 15th of April, 2020
Prizes: First prize is US$1000. Nine (9) finalists will receive prizes of US$100.
Arizona State University’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is seeking climate fiction stories, across all genres and styles. Acceptable length for entries is 5,000 words or less. The winning story and finalists will be published in a digital anthology, “Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, Volume III,” which will be available for free in a variety of formats.
Our lead judge is Claire Vaye Watkins, author of the acclaimed climate fiction novel “Gold Fame Citrus.” Claire will join an interdisciplinary group of judges with expertise in climate science, sustainability, and literature. Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places of origin, or ages.
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All genres are welcome. The author of the winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $100 prizes. The winning story and finalists will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University.
The beating drum of the climate crisis is a constant reminder that our planet is a closed, limited system, and that we’re currently living far beyond its boundaries. We are looking for short stories that help us imagine how humans can live within Earth’s planetary boundaries—at the individual level, yes, but more importantly at the level of organizations, communities, and societies, and at the level of a global human civilization.
What would our world look like if we actually respected and lived within planetary boundaries? How would we organize our homes, communities, cities, and nations? How would we live with and relate to each other at the global level? How might politics, culture, relationships, and identities — all of the messiness of human lives—change in a world where we’re grappling seriously with the climate crisis, and perhaps even trying to restore some of the damage we’ve already done to the planet and its ecosystems? What kinds of obstacles, conflicts, and transformations will arise during these humongous shifts? How can we ensure that a sustainable or even climate-positive future is also a just and equitable one?
Apply for The Writer Contest (Spring 2020 Short Story Contest)
- Submit up to one (1) work of short fiction with a maximum length of 5,000 words.
- Your submission must be under 5,000 words.
- Your submission must contain no identifying information (including your name) anywhere within the document.
- Submissions that exceed 5,000 words or contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified.
- Submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in print or online.
- While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
- Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate.
All entries must be submitted by 11:59 PM Mountain Standard Time (GMT-7) on the 15th of April, 2020.
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Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places of origin, or ages.
Support for the 2020 Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest is provided by Ingka Group, the largest retailer and a strategic partner in the IKEA franchise system, operating nearly 380 IKEA stores in 30 countries. Ingka Group and its representatives will not be involved in the judging process, the decision-making around the winners of the contest, or the editorial process for the Everything Change book.
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Additional Information and Application
You are welcome to read Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, Volume II, which collects the grand prize winner and finalists from our 2018 contest
Learn more about the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative
For questions, email us at email@example.com
Visit the Contest Website