By Olamide Tejuoso
Grist has announced the third-annual climate fiction short story contest, “Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors”. Grist is a non-profit and independent media organisation dedicated to telling stories of climate solutions and a just future. It focuses on solving climate crisis through the power of storytelling. It’s 2023/2024 Imagine 2200 is an invitation to 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 the world.
The winning story will be awarded $3,000, with the second and third place winners receiving $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. Asides the winners and runner-ups, nine finalists will each receive $300. All winners and finalists will have their stories published in an immersive collection on Grist’s website. The competition is open to anyone aged 18 years and above. Stories must be original, written in English and be between 3,000-5,000 words that envision the next 180 years of climate progress – roughly seven generations – imagining intersectional worlds of abundance, adaptation, reform and hope.
What makes a good story for Grist? A great imagine story showcases creative climate solutions, particularly through narratives that centre on the communities mostly impacted by the climate crisis and that envision what a truly green, equitable and decolonised society could look like. Grist celebrates fiction rooted in hope, justice, and cultural authenticity and aims to amplify voices that have been and continue to be affected by systems of oppression. Submission deadline is June 13, 2023, 11:59 pm, US Pacific Time. Click here to apply: https://grist.org/climate-fiction/imagine-2200-contest-submissions/