Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Announcing the 2016 ''Cli-Fi Short Story Contest'' (judged by Cli-Fi Novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, via the ASU Cli-Fi Group

Arizona State University is sponsoring the 2016 ''Cli-Fi Short Story Contest,'' via its ASU cli-fi group  w/ $1000 grand prize to the winner and 3 runner-up prizes as well: See link below:

'Cli-Fi' literature has the power to take abstract policy stats and policy wonk jargon and turn them into gripping, visceral tales. The emerging genre of cli-fi, popularized by Cli-Fi.Net and epitomized by novels suc as Margaret Atwood’s Maddaddam Trilogy and Barbara Kingsolver's FLIGHT BEHAVIOR and Nat Rich's ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW, along others, helps us imagine possible futures shaped by man-made global warming.

The Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative and the College for Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University are have announced the 2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest. The contest will be judged by American novelist Kim Stanley Robinson, award-winning author of many foundational works in cli-fi literature, along with other cli-fi lit experts at ASU.

The grand-prize winner will be awarded US$1000, with 3 additional finalists receiving book bundles signed by award-winning climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi. 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.

To submit an entry, please click on the button below and complete the form (all fields are required) with your story (up to 5,000 words) using one of the following file types: .pdf, .doc, .docx, .rtf, .txt. The file must not contain any information about yourself or anything that would enable the reader to identify you as the author. Entrants are allowed to submit up to a maximum of three stories, each submitted separately with the same author information for each entry.

The deadline for submission is January 15, 2016. Submission review will begin after January 15th, 2016 with the finalists announced sometime in April 2016, the exact April date still to be determined, but not April Fools Day, April 1st, that's for sure.......  

Evaluation criteria:

  1. Your story should, in some way, envision the future of the Earth and humankind as impacted by man-made global warming.
  2. Your story should reflect – directly or indirectly – current climate science knowledge about future worldwide climate change, without prejudice to your artistic freedom to exaggerate and invent fictional worlds.
  3. You story might also (if you so wish to go down this road) 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. …).
By submitting your story, you confirm that you are the author of the story, that the story has not yet been published anywhere on any platforom in print or online, and not been submitted for publication elsewhere, and that the information you enter is correct.
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