Fix’s Second Annual Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Contest Taking Submissions

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.]

Imagine 2200 Story Contest Winners

Grist’s “Fix” has announced the winners of its short story contest Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors, which “encouraged entrants to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress.”

The three winning stories and nine finalists “create intersectional worlds in which no community is left behind.” 

FIRST PLACE: Afterglow by Lindsay Brodeck, tells the story of Talli and her refusal to abandon the Earth.

SECOND PLACE: The Cloud Weaver’s Song by Saul Tanpepper, follows Semhar Ibrahim and her defiant journey to save her people.

THIRD PLACE: Tidings by Rich Larson, travels through several decades and shows the climate impacts that tie generations together.

OTHER FINALISTS

Tory Stephens, Fix New England Network Weaver, tells “How Imagine 2200 came to life”.

…It was connecting, rather than storytelling, that we had in mind in the spring of 2020 when we invited climate and justice leaders to a retreat focused on envisioning a pathway to our climate future. With pandemic lockdowns taking effect, our gathering migrated to Zoom, and over the course of three days the group charted the next 180 years of climate progress. This assembly visualized a complete societal transformation: a dissolution of political parties and borders. Reparations. The return of land to Indigenous and Black stewardship. Restorative justice replacing prisons. Granting rights to the Earth and non-human kin. Food sovereignty and heirloom seeds triumphing over monoculture farming. An economy built on ecological restoration, mutual aid, and care work. The pursuit of right relationships in all our systems and designs. 

Out of that visioning came a new idea: a climate-fiction contest to create stories of life in that future — not to just describe a better world, but to truly build it within our imaginations. Fix has largely focused on nonfiction storytelling, so an initiative to create imagined worlds would be a first for Grist and, as a network weaver now setting off to launch this new project, for me as well….

The contest judges were Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, Kiese Laymon, and Sheree Renée Thomas. Story reviewers were Tobias Buckell, Andrew Dana Hudson, and Sarena Ulibarri.

[Via Locus Online.]