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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:

  • Hope
  • Intersectionality
  • Resilience
  • 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.

For more specific questions on what we’re going for, check out our FAQ post here. You can also contact the team at imaginefiction@grist.org.

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.