FutureScapes Writing Contest

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A university-based civic innovation office has launched a new writing competition to create a road map for the city of tomorrow. FutureScapes Writing Contest seeks short works of fiction of up to 8,000 words that envision life in future “Cities of Empowerment.”

The contest offers a $2,000 first-place prize, a $1,000 second-place prize, and $500 to each of four additional finalists, as well as publication in an anthology that will be distributed to mayors, governors, and members of Congress. There is no entry fee, and winners will be published alongside prominent, established authors of science fiction.

“This contest really takes seriously the notion that ‘life imitates art,’” said Luke Peterson, contest director. “We want to use fiction to give policy-makers a vision of what might be.”

Finalists will be judged by Hugo Award-winning author Mary Robinette Kowal. This year the theme of the contest is “Cities of Empowerment,” and those interested in entering are encouraged to carefully read the rules and theme for the contest before preparing a contest entry.

Deadline is July 15, 2016. http://www.futurescapescontest.org

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