Speculative fiction stories have the power to take abstract policy debates and obscure jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging subgenre of climate fiction, epitomized by novels like Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by climate change.
The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative and the College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are proud to announce the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The contest will be judged by science fiction legend Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in climate fiction, along with other climate fiction experts from ASU.
The grand-prize winner will be awarded $1000, with three additional finalists receiving book bundles signed by award-winning climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. A collection of the best submissions will be published in a forthcoming online anthology, and considered for publication in the journal Issues in Science and Technology.
To submit an entry, please click on the button below and complete the form (all fields are required) with your story (up to 5,000 words) using one of the following file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt. The file must not contain any information about yourself or anything that would enable the reader to identify you as the author.
All ages are encouraged to enter. ASU students and employees are welcome to enter. Entrants are allowed to submit up to a maximum of three stories, each submitted separately with the same author information for each entry.
The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. Submission review will begin after January 15th, 2016 with the finalists announced in April 2016. For details about licensing, copyright and other contest rules, click the “Submit Now” button.
Your story should, in some way, envision the future of Earth and humanity as impacted by climate change.
Your story should reflect – directly or indirectly – current scientific knowledge about future climate change, without prejudice to your artistic freedom to exaggerate and invent fictional worlds.
You story could illuminate and invite reflections on a climate-related challenge that individuals, communities, organizations or societies face today (e.g., daily decisions and behaviors, policy-making and politics, strategy and planning, moral responsibility to the future, investment in R&D or technologies, health, etc. …).
By submitting your story, you confirm that you are the author of the attached story, that the story has not yet been published and not been submitted for publication elsewhere, and that the information you enter is correct. Limit three submissions per author.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.