Write a Short Story About Climate Change, And Win $1000!

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Arizona State University, the folks who brought you the Hieroglyph anthology of optimistic science fiction, is now hosting a writing contest for stories about the Earth after climate change. And Kim Stanley Robinson is judging the contest!


In addition to a $1000 prize for the grand prize winner, the Hieroglyph climate-fiction story contest has a few other inducements. Three more finalists will receive book bundles signed by Paolo Bacigalupi. Plus “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.”

[Full disclosure: The Hieroglyph anthology included stories by Annalee Newitz and myself.]

The deadline is Jan. 16, and here are the rules:

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. …).

More details at the link. [ASU]

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of All The Birds in the Sky, coming in January from Tor Books. Follow her on Twitter, and email her.




The climate changed. We’re all screwed.