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The Imagine 2200 Climate Fiction Contest celebrates short stories envisioning the future of climate progress.

Grist is thrilled to announce the winners of its third Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors short story contest, and to offer 12 brand-new climate fiction stories featuring vivid, hope-filled, diverse visions of our future. From 1,000 submissions by authors in nearly 100 countries, our reviewers and judges selected the three winners and nine finalists in this collection.

Climate fiction can be a powerful climate solution. It invites us to look beyond the current moment to envision the world that could be, and empowers us to work toward it.  The stories in this year’s Imagine 2200 collection are not afraid to explore the challenges ahead, but ultimately offer hope that we can work together to build a more sustainable and just world. Through rich characters, lovingly sketched settings, and gripping plots, these stories welcome you into futures that celebrate who we are and what we can become.

This year’s contest was judged by such esteemed literary names as Paolo Bacigalupi, Nalo Hopkinson, and Sam J. Miller.

“These writers have demonstrated that science fiction is not just about dystopias and disasters, but also about possibilities and opportunities. Their stories challenge us to think — and act — differently,” said Miller.

Explore the full collection: 

Imagine 2200 is Grist’s climate fiction initiative, engaging writers from across the globe in envisioning the next 180 years of climate progress. Whether built on abundance or adaptation, reform or a new understanding of survival, these stories provide flickers of hope, even joy, and serve as a springboard for exploring how fiction can help create a better reality.

Imagine aims to showcase stories of creative climate solutions and community-centered adaptations, with an emphasis on uplifting voices and cultures from the communities most impacted by the climate crisis.

Inspired by Afrofuturism, as well as Indigenous, Latinx, Asian, disabled, feminist, and queer futurisms, 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.

See here for further information.

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