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2016 Climate Fiction Short Story Contest

When we announced our first Climate Fiction Short Story contest in September 2015, we weren’t sure whether we would get enough submissions to compile an entire anthology. When the deadline arrived, we had received an astonishing 743 submissions. They had come from 67 countries all around the world and from more than half of the states in the U.S. And they told a powerful story: climate fiction is thriving.

After three careful rounds of selection involving experts on sustainability, conservation, geology, climate modeling, climate politics, human geography, and environmental history, as well as science fiction and creative writing, we are proud to announce the contest’s grand prize winners, runners-up, and finalists:

Grand Prize Winners – $1000 prize
Adam Flynn and Andrew Dana Hudson, “Sunshine State”

Runners-Up – Book bundles signed by Paolo Bacigalupi
Kelly Cowley, “Shrinking Sinking Land”
Matthew S. Henry, “Victor and the Fish”
Ashley Bevilacqua Anglin, “Acqua Alta”
Daniel Thron, “The Grandchild Paradox”

Finalists
Kathryn Blume, “Wonder of the World”
Stirling Davenport, “Masks”
Diana Rose Harper, “Thirteenth Year”
Henrietta Hartl, “LOSD and Fount”
Shauna O’Meara, “On Darwin Tides”
Lindsay Redifer, “Standing Still”
Yakos Spiliotopoulos, “Into the Storm”

All of our prize winners and finalists will also receive a copy of the climate fiction anthology Loosed Upon the World, edited by John Joseph Adams, courtesy of Saga Press.

These twelve powerful and diverse stories are collected in Everything Change: An Anthology of Climate Fiction, along with a foreword by science fiction legend and contest judge Kim Stanley Robinson and an interview with renowned climate fiction author Paolo Bacigalupi.

Everything Change is free to download, read, and share in PDF and EPUB formats here at the Imagination and Climate Futures website, and at the Apple iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Kobo digital book stores.

We congratulate these twelve writers and want to express our heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to all of the authors who contributed to this contest. Your wonderful work is shaping the burgeoning climate fiction movement and plays an important part in helping societies and communities grapple with climate change and create a better future.

Finally, if you regret not being able to enter the contest, or if you would like to participate again, we are beginning to plan a follow-up contest–stay tuned for updates in early 2017!