Hey, socially conscious authors! Want to win $1000?
This January, Arizona State University’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative is inviting speculative fiction writers to:
“…submit short stories that explore climate change, science and human futures for its first Climate Fiction Short Story Contest.”
If that theme sounds familiar, you might recall the collection I edited and published several years ago, Hot Mess: Speculative Fiction About Climate Change (purchase link in the sidebar). Obviously, climate change – a phenomenon that the Democratic primary challenger Bernie Sanders calls the greatest national security threat there is – is a subject near and dear to my heart, and one that I think can be addressed effectively with fiction. While I’ve toyed with the idea of doing a follow-up collection to Hot Mess, seeing others take the initiative to start their own short story contests on the subject has me even more excited.
Also newsworthy about this contest: the judges will include none other than award-winning, New York Times-bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson, a science fiction legend.
With a deadline of January 15, 2016 and a grand prize of $1000 (and no entry fee!) there’s still plenty of time to polish up (or start fresh on) your favorite cli-fi themed piece of work.
What are you waiting for? The glaciers are melting, and it’s time to get to writing!
For full contest rules and details, and a link to submit stories for consideration, visitclimateimagination.asu.edu/clificontest.
Special thanks for information on this contest: Joey Eschrich, Editor and Program Manager for the Center for Science and the Imagination as well as Assistant Director, Future Tense, at Arizona State University.