'After The War' Story Contest Seeks To Imagine Post-War Futures

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Writing a story about the aftermath of warfare in the future? The Atlantic Council might want to see it: they’re running a contest called ‘After The War’.


The think tank has been running a really interesting project called The Art Of Future Wars, which seeks to line up the arts with military policy. The contest looks to imagine what the aftermath of conflict might look like in the future.

Here’s the guidelines:

  • Entries should be between 2,000 to 4,000 words long and must be submitted by November 2, 2015.
  • The creative cues below are meant to inspire, not contain, the authors.
  • A panel of judges from the Atlantic Council and Words After War will select a pool of finalists from which writer Elliot Ackerman will help choose the winner. The winner will be announced on November 12, 2015.
  • Entries must be the author’s own original work.
  • Authors may publish under a pseudonym, but a CV or bio is required.

Stop by their contest page to enter and to see some prompts. You have until November 2nd!


Image credit: Atlantic Council

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Interesting that the subject of PTSD is briefly mentioned. One of my favorite Carlin bits was about post traumatic stress disorder and how, with each major war, we kept refining that euphemism: