Information for authors

Dear potential contributor,

As I have explained, this project is devoted to exploring the many different potential impacts of anthropogenic climate change (ACC) on our environmental, social, political and economic lives.

We will explore those impacts through a series of visions of “Life Plus 2 Meters,” and I hope you can add yours! (We know that people learn better from stories, but scientists should also be storytellers!)

Visions can take the form of “stories” that are mostly fictional or “practitioner notes” that are mostly fact — regardless of your training or background.

Submissions are welcome from anyone (regardless of qualification or location), as this project is devoted to a multi-disciplinary (or cross-disciplinary) plurality of visions.

Read some posts to see formatting on the website or read volume 1 to see how they look published.

This non-commercial project will help authors and readers explore the different dimensions of climate change and adaptation to regular people who care about the future but may not have the time or training to engage in scientific or complex discussions.

If you have any questions, then please email me!



Submitting for Volume 2 and a chance to win a prize

We have suspended the push to raise funds and publish volume 2 quickly (read “a change in strategy“).

We are now taking submissions for publication here. All accepted submissions will be eligible for publication in volume 2 as well as winning prize money for the best vision (see Q9 in the FAQ below).

Submission guidelines

  • The submission should be written in English
  • The title is limited to 35 characters
  • The body text is limited to 1,000 words
  • No footnotes, endnotes or references
  • Use hyperlinks for references
  • One figure/picture suggested. Two figures maximum
  • A biographical author footnote with the following is suggested (you can publish anonymously):
    • Limited to 100 words
    • May include your background, motivation, affiliation, webpage and email address
    • Author photo recommended (not required)
  • Submissions to the project may be modified to fit publication formats if they are chosen for inclusion in the next book (volume 2).

Frequently asked questions

Q1: What’s the deadline for submissions?

A: There is no “hard” deadline now. Submit when you are ready, and we will publish visions that meet the guidelines (about life plus 2 meters, etc.) as they come in over at Visions.

Q2: What formats are acceptable?

A: Posts should be be written in English. They can follow any format (hints for writing well) as long as they stay in the word length. No audio, video or picture (only) submissions please.

Q3: What about publishing in other languages?

A: Yes, you can publish in another language in addition to English.

Q4: Will you accept anything?

A: No. I will read submissions to make sure they are on-topic (i.e., addressing the impacts and responses to Life Plus 2 Meters) and reasonably logical in structure. I will send back  posts that are off-topic, confusing or containing spelling/grammatical errors.

Q5: What if I do not believe in climate change?

A: There are two answers for this. First, let’s agree to disagree. You can still write an interesting vision of how life might be different in a world where temperatures, sea levels and storm intensities are greater. Second, let’s remember that science is not about belief as much as facts that can be tested and measured and theories that can be analyzed and falsified. It’s with these ideas in mind that the “theory of gravity” is more like a fact than a belief. Beliefs do not keep a dropped object from falling, only facts (e.g., a rock in zero gravity vs a rock on the Earth’s surface).  The overwhelming theoretical and factual evidence in favor of climate change suggests that beliefs are not going to keep it from happening.

Q6: Do I have to write about 2 meters of sea level rise?

A: No. You can write about any aspect of climate change and adaptation (or lack thereof). Thus, you can talk about higher temperatures, changes in storm patterns, water floods, flows or droughts, changes in ice or desert conditions, etc. These changes can be discussed in the context of their impacts on humans, plants, animals or feedback impacts on other environments. Some people call this genre “CliFi” (as in climate fiction), so use your imagination — but remember that readers will find it easier to “connect” to stories that have some familiar elements.

Q7: I want to publish but I am worried about trouble at my work.

A: You can submit anonymously.

Q8: Got any hints on writing blog posts? 

A: Besides looking at existing posts, I recommend reading Chapter 5 of Priceonomics’s Content Marketing Handbook, which ends with this:

Writing summary

Q9: How will prize money be awarded to visions?

A: After raising funds via crowdfunding sites (TBA), we will award prizes according to this scheme:

  • There will be “overall best” prizes for the best three submissions in each of stories or practitioner.
  • There will also be prizes for the best submissions by writers under 26 years old or from economically developing countries. Writers in these categories are eligible for “overall best” prizes or prizes in these categories but can only win in one.
  • Prizes are expected to be around US$150/$100/$50 for first/second/third place (subject to $ raised!)
  • Writers own the copyright for their work but agree that Life Plus 2 Meters can use it without charge. (Life Plus 2 Meters is a non-profit endeavor; all funds will go to direct, cash costs and/or authors.)
  • If these “rules” are unclear, then ask. We’re not interested in lawsuits and reserve the right to change the rules to fit the project’s overall goals. Your question will help others, so please ask. 🙂