Fix invites you to imagine climate fiction for future ancestors

Colby Garden ripple by Judy DarleyGrist’s solutions lab, Fix, has announced the launch of its first-ever, free-entry, climate-fiction short story contest — Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors. They say: “We’re dipping a toe into the world of fiction, and we want you to join us.”

Can you dream up a story of a climate restored, solutions found and a population that looks at our era and marvels at our ignorance?

Fix is calling for submissions of fictional stories of between 3,000 and 5,000 words. Your stories must “envision the next 180 years of climate progress – roughly seven generations.”

How might we be living by then?

“Fiction gives us an opportunity to imagine the world we want to live in, in a way that journalism doesn’t,” the organisers explain. “Our hope is that the stories presented in the Imagine 2200 collection will inspire, delight, and motivate readers to take action to make elements of those worlds a reality.”

Submissions close on 12th April, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time.

Contest prizes

The winning writer will receive $3,000, with the second- and third-place finalists receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

An additional nine finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in an immersive digital collection on Fix’s website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event.

The board of expert literary judges includes authors Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon.

Contest guidelines

  • Entry is free!
  • Authors must be 18 years or older at the time of submission
  • No previously published, multiple, or simultaneous submissions accepted
  • Submissions must be 3,000–5,000 words (sorry, flash fictioneers!)
  • Worldwide copyright and ownership of each story remains with the author
  • If a story is accepted for publication, Grist retains the first serial rights of the work to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market
  • All other remaining rights revert to the author upon publication
  • If you need accessibility accommodations, please email at imaginefiction@grist.org

Grist’s mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible that you want it right now. “Our award-winning journalism has done that for the past 20 years (if we do say so ourselves). And now, with this contest, we’re embracing the opportunity to look beyond the confines of the present moment and share visions of solutions that haven’t even been dreamt up yet.”

Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures, and the genres of hopepunk and solarpunk. They ask you to “bring into focus what a truly just, regenerative future could look like.”

Find full details of how to submit a story in their Submissions portal.

Good luck!

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