We are accepting submissions of climate fiction in two categories -- writing and visual art -- for the 2023 Climate Fiction Competition, now through Sept 30, 2023 (note that we extended the deadline). A committee of judges will select submissions from each category to be printed in a zine. They will also select a first, second, and third place winner in each category to receive a cash prize, in addition to being printed.
1st Place (in each of 2 categories - writing and visual art): will receive $200 2nd Place (in each of 2 categories - writing and visual art): will receive $100 3rd Place (in each of 2 categories - writing and visual art): will receive $50
We will announce contest winners in winter 2023/2024, then we will launch the zine at an event in spring 2024. Contest winners will be invited to present their work at the event, and everyone who submitted will be invited to attend! The total number of submissions accepted for the zine will depend on how many we receive, but we hope to feature as many submissions as possible (in addition to the top three winners in each category). Our goal with this contest is to uplift your art and stories!
Communities have shown up time and time again to fight for climate justice in the Pacific Northwest. Together, we have stopped nearly every new fossil fuel project proposed in the region, made strides in a just transition to clean energy, and so much more.
Organizing for climate justice is deep, imaginative work, and we are up against massive obstacles, not just climate change itself, but its root causes: white supremacy, colonialism, runaway racialized capitalism, and other systems of oppression. Regardless of how much we slow climate change now, we will continue to feel its effects far into the future and will be called to adapt and create new systems to be in right relationship with the Earth and each other. It won't be an easy road, but it's one we must take together, while honoring and building on work that’s already being done in community, particularly by BIPOC and other frontline communities.
So, what do you imagine for the future of climate justice*** work in the Pacific Northwest? Tell us a story about what that work could look like in the future--10, 50, 500+ years from now. Show us a snapshot of what that future might look like. We invite you to dream boldly!
Here are some themes to spark your dreaming, but don’t feel like you have to limit yourself to these:
Grief and mourning
Sense of place, connection to land
Mitigating climate change and/or changing with the climate
Honoring our ancestors and the legacy of justice movements