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Competition deadline: 24th June 2024

Grist’s fourth Imagine 2200 climate fiction competition is now open for short stories envisioning the future of climate progress.

Since 2020, Grist’s Imagine 2200 climate fiction contest has celebrated short stories envisioning the future of climate progress, and works that imagine futures of abundance, adaptation, reform, and hope. Today, Imagine 2200 is excited to open submissions for its fourth contest, and once again invite writers from all over the globe to imagine a future in which solutions to the climate crisis flourish and help bring about radical improvements to our world.

Imagine 2200 is an exercise in looking beyond the current moment, to discover hope in the world we can build. The contest looks for stories rooted in creative climate solutions and community-centered resilience, showing what can happen as solutions take root, and stories that offer gripping plots with rich characters and settings, making that future come alive. It particularly aims to encourage – and share – stories from voices and cultures underrepresented in climate fiction and from the communities most impacted by the climate crisis.

The judges for the 2024/25 contest will be acclaimed authors Omar El Akkad and Annalee Newitz. El Akkad is an author and journalist whose award-winning debut novel, American War, is an international bestseller and was selected by the BBC as one of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World. Newitz is a science fiction and nonfiction writer whose third novel, The Terraformers is a finalist for the Nebula Award, and whose latest nonfiction book, Four Lost Cities, is a national bestseller.

Climate fiction can be a powerful climate solution when it invites us to look beyond the current moment to envision the world that could be and empowers us to work toward it, and when it invites diverse visions of hope and progress. Over the past three contests, Imagine 2200 has received nearly 3,000 submissions from nearly 100 countries, and published 36 winners in three stunning collections. Imagine stories have reached hundreds of thousands of readers online, and countless more through our printed anthology, Afterglow. 

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.

Read the full prompt and rules: 

Stories must be between 2,500 and 5,000 words.

There is no cost to enter. Submissions close June 24, 2024, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Pacific Time.

The winning writer will be awarded $3,000. The second- and third-place winners receive $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. An additional nine finalists will each receive $300. All winners and finalists will have their story published in an immersive collection on Grist’s website.

Oregon State University’s Spring Creek Project will also offer the winning writer (or a runner-up, in the case the winner cannot accept) the opportunity to participate in its Environmental Writing Fellowship and Residency, including a writing residency at the Cabin at Shotpouch Creek for the winner to spend up to four weeks in residence to continue their climate writing project. The Fellow will receive a $3,000 honorarium from Spring Creek Project.


See here for further information and to submit your story.

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