Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest 2018

Welcome to the Everything Change Climate Fiction Contest, presented by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University. 

We are looking for stories that illustrate, explore, or illuminate the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth. We enthusiastically invite submissions in all genres of short fiction, including speculative, realistic, literary, experimental, hybrid forms, and more. Work will be selected and judged by Kim Stanley Robinson, The New York Times bestselling author of Shaman, the Mars trilogy, and New York 2140. The winning story will receive a $1000 prize, and nine finalists will receive $50 prizes. Selected work will be published in an anthology by the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative at Arizona State University.

Submission Guidelines
  • Submit up to one (1) work of short fiction with a maximum length of 5,000 words. 
  • Your submission must be under 5,000 words and contain no identifying information anywhere within the document. 
  • Submissions that exceed 5,000 words or contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in-print or online. 
  • While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate. 
The deadline for the submission is February 28, 2018. Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places or origin, or ages.

To read Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, which collects the grand prize winner and finalists from our 2016 contest, visit http://climateimagination.asu.edu/everything-change

To learn more about the Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, visit http://climateimagination.asu.edu
Fiction has this superpower of creating empathy in people for alien experiences. You can live inside the skin of a person who is utterly unlike you.
--Paolo Bacigalupi

Submission Guidelines

  • Submit up to one (1) work of short fiction with a maximum length of 5,000 words. 
  • Your submission must be under 5,000 words and contain no identifying information anywhere within the document. 
  • Submissions that exceed 5,000 words or contain any identifying information about the author will be disqualified.
  • Submissions must be original work that has not been previously published in-print or online. 
  • While the presence of other languages in the text is acceptable, the majority of the work must be written in English.
  • Participants must be 18 years or older. U.S. and international submissions are welcome. ASU students and employees are welcome to participate. 
The deadline for submission is February 28, 2018. Our judging process will be blind: judges will not have access to any identifying information about the authors, including their names, places or origin, or ages.

Additional Things to Consider

  • Imagining Climate Futures: Your submission in some way should illustrate or explore the impact of climate change on humanity and/or the Earth, in the present or the near- or moderate-term future.
  • Scientific Accuracy and Understanding: Your submission in some way should reflect current scientific knowledge about climate change, though you have full artistic freedom to exaggerate, embellish, and invent fictional conditions and situations. 
  • Climate Challenges, Human Responses: Your submission may illuminate and invite reflections on a climate-related challenge that individuals, communities, organizations, or societies face today, or might face in the near- or moderate-term future. Examples include (but are not limited to) daily decisions and behaviors, policy-making and politics, strategy and planning, moral responsibility to the future, investment in R&D or technologies, and public health issues.