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Imagine 2200: Climate fiction for future ancestors

Deadline for application
Winner’s prize
First prize is $3,000 USD, Second prize is $2,000 USD, Third prize is $1,000 USD. Nine finalists receive a $300 honorarium. All winners and finalists will be published in Grist Magazine.


Competition description

Creative premise

Easy peasy: Envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What will the world look like in the year 2200 — or anywhere between then and now? How will we move around the cities of the future? What will we eat, drink, wear, use, and live in? How will we hold our relationships to land, resources, and one another? What kind of a world do you, a future ancestor, want to build? This is your opportunity to build it — on paper.

Stories should be set anywhere between the present day and the year 2200, and should show our path to a clean, green, and just future. (Of course, we don’t expect your story to be totally rosy or pollyannaish. 180 years of equitable climate progress will involve hard work and struggle, and we invite you to show that, too.)

Imagine 2200 draws inspiration from Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futures. The contest is also grounded in hopepunk and solarpunk — literary genres that uplift equitable climate solutions and continued service to one’s community, even in the face of despair.

We’ll be reading for the following core elements:

A society that is radically different from the one we live in today, and how we got there
A focus on climate, with creative and clearly articulated solutions that put people and planet first
We will also judge submissions based on the quality of artistic voice, originality, craftsmanship, and technique, and the depth of environmental, scientific, historical, and/or cultural background that informs the story.