Here's a writing contest that might save the world someday: "FutureScapes is an annual writing competition that asks writers to envision a particular sort of world, and tell us a story about it. We could run projections and publish reports, but there’s a reason why Wilde didn’t say, “Life imitates empirical studies.” We want to help writers of excellent potential find their voice while shaping tomorrow.
In particular, FutureScapes seeks:
-Works of short fiction up to 8,000 words, written in accordance with this year’s prompt.
-Compelling stories that explore the nuance of technology, science, politics, and/or policy, without forgetting about plot and character!
-Stories that show us both the positives and negatives of this possible future.
-Stories that can provide a road-map for cities, states, and nations to follow.
-Stories that may be built in a rich and full world, but that manage to show us the reality of a single city, neighborhood, and/or life.
-Stories worthy of the $2,000 prize for first place, $1,000 prize for second place, and $500 prize to each of the four runners-up.
-Stories that, when placed in the hands of a mayor or governor, could change the course of the future.
Please read the full rules and resources pages for further details. Deadline is July 15, 2016. Good luck, and happy writing!"
No fee involved in this one. For more information, see the guidelines page.