Sapiens Plurum’s latest literary challenge is to personalize the consequences of climate change so readers feel as well as know them. But stories must offer hope, at least a possibility, for without hope people rarely act. 180 authors strove to inspire scientists and states-persons around the world to live up to the promise of the Paris Climate Change Agreement. Stories that promote the Sapiens Plurum mission will receive higher rankings than others. This does not mean that stories should be saccharine, naive or pollyanna-ish, but they should be heroic, even if the hero or heroine has feet of clay.
WINNERS WILL BE POSTED IN JUNE.
Our criteria for judging your 1500-3000 word stories will be:
o Do we care what happens?
o Is there suspense?
2. Understanding of the problem: does the solution demonstrate awareness of the interaction of our aspirations, our better and worser angels with our technologies and cycles of creation and destruction within the systems and networks of life?
3. Inspiration: could this inspire scientists, social scientists, politicians, engineers, or activists to become protagonists in the fight against climate change through its surprising simplicity, affordability, effectiveness, achievability, attractiveness and/or fun?
An expert judging panel will select the top 3 stories. In order to be judged blindly, authors must submit their stories without their names on the story. Their name and contact information will be linked through the Easy Chair submission system, as described below.
All 3 winners will have their stories published at our website. In addition, they will win:
· 1ST PRIZE: $1000
· 2ND PRIZE: $500
· 3RD PRIZE: $300
Sapiens Plurum, the Center for Science & Imagination, Ocean Conservancy and Talk Like a Pirate Day Announce
WINNERS of the Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest
1st Place: "And the Predator Is" by Hannah Krieger
Hannah Krieger graduated from Georgetown College with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She's a department supervisor at a retail establishment by day and an editor and writer by night. She is passionate about writing and is looking forward to penning more short stories, novels, and poems in her free time. Hannah is also an avid reader and can usually be found with her nose in a book. She firmly believes that stories are a powerful tool that can be used to change the present and impact the future.