The Future in 5,000 Words: Cli-Fi Writing Contest

The next outstanding voice in cli-fi could be yours!  Arizona State University–home of the The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative–is sponsoring a 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The rules in a nutshell:

  • Stories up to 5,000 words envisioning a future impacted by climate change and reflecting current scientific knowledge
  • Submission deadline: January 15, 2016
  • Judges will include sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson
  • Grand-prize winner receives $1,000; three additional finalists receive book bundles signed by cli-fi author Paolo Bacigalupi

Read the full criteria and submit your story here. After you’ve sent it in, shoot me an email describing what you chose to write about and why, and I’ll feature you in a mini-interview here on my blog. Don’t miss this opportunity to help develop the cli-fi genre and contribute to its canon (and maybe score some sweet literary swag, too)!

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  1. Very cool, thanks for the opportunity to describe! I sent three short cli-fi stories in. Each is a different aspect on possible climate futures based on current and historic socio-political-technological events and and trends.

    1) What we don’t know/how things end up sprinkled with inventive survival techniques
    2) A hacking event illustrating how things might be sprinkled with healthy living ideas
    3) War based, anti-norm, and creative solution making using innovative tech and energy tools


    1. Thanks for sharing–your stories sound very thoughtful! I hope I get to read them when the ASU anthology is published. The hacking theme particularly intrigues me, as to how you combine technological threats with environmental ones. Still working on my submissions…thanks for the nudge to get working. 🙂

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