Welcome to Imagine 2200 — a new climate-fiction contest by Fix, Grist’s solutions lab. What we’re seeking: short stories that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What we’re offering: $8,700 in prizes, publication, and a reason to stay hopeful.
The world is crazy right now, and the stakes are high: just, you know, our entire frickin’ future. Our newsfeeds are full of denial, delay, and doom that make us want to scream into our pillows. But that’s just the old story. At Fix, we are telling the new story, of a path to a clean, green, and just future, and the people who are driving it. Our mission is to make the story of a better world so irresistible, you want it right now.
To that end, we decided to launch our first foray into the world of hopeful, future-looking fiction. In this inaugural year of our cli-fi contest, Fix is asking writers to assume the role of future ancestors, building the world they want our collective descendants to have — on paper.
Stories will be judged by a board of literary experts including authors Adrienne Maree Brown, Morgan Jerkins, and Kiese Laymon. Submissions close in April, 2021. First, second, and third-prize winners will be awarded $3,000, $2,000, and $1,000 respectively, and nine additional finalists will each receive a $300 honorarium. Winners and finalists will be published in a stunning, immersive digital collection on Fix’s website and will be celebrated in a public-facing virtual event.
Together, we can fix the future with fiction. Join this uprising of imagination, and help us turn the page on earth’s next chapter. In your story lies our collective liberation.
- Entry is free!
- Submissions close April 12, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Pacific Standard Time.
- Authors must be 18 years or older at the time of submission.
- No previously published, multiple, or simultaneous submissions accepted.
- Submissions must be 3,000–5,000 words.
- Worldwide copyright and ownership of each story remains with the author.
- If a story is accepted for publication, Grist retains the first serial rights of the work to publish, produce, reproduce, distribute, and market.
- All other remaining rights revert to the author upon publication.
- If you need accessibility accommodations, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imagine 2200 calls for short stories (3,000–5,000 words) that envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress. What will our planet 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?
We invite you to take your wildest dreams for the planet — all the sweet, sweet justice, resilience, and abundance we could realize — and then put those dreams on paper. (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 solarpunk and hopepunk — 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.