Fix, Grist’s solutions lab, is accepting submissions through May 5 for the second annual climate fiction short-story contest, Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors. There is no cost to enter.
Imagine 2200 wants original short stories of 3,000 to 5,000 words that “envision the next 180 years of clean, green, and just futures.”
Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk.
While we’re looking for hopeful stories, we also don’t expect you to be overly optimistic or naive. One hundred and eighty years of equitable climate progress will require hard work, struggle, and adaptation, and we invite you to show those as well.
In addition, we’re especially interested in cultural authenticity (a deep sense of place, customs, cuisine, and more), rich characters with intersecting identities, and stories that challenge the status quo in which wealth and power are built on extraction, oppression, and violence.
The top three winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively, and nine finalists will receive a $300 honorarium. Those 12 authors will be published in an immersive digital collection this fall.
Judges include writer Arkady Martine, editor and author Sheree Reneé Thomas, and Professor Grace L. Dillon, who coined the term “Indigenous futurism.” The deadline to submit a story is May 5, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. PST. There’s no fee to enter.
Grist is a nonprofit, independent media organization “dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future.”
[Based on a press release.]