We’ve just finished a successful Kickstarter that raised $660 from backers. That money will fund prizes for authors who submit the best “visions” (short essays of 800-1,000 words) of how we might (not) adapt to life in a climate-changed world.
Visions are “fictional” because they take place in the future, but they are based on the storyteller’s imagination or practitioner’s knowledge.
Anyone can submit a story or perspective no matter the author’s background, qualifications or job.
There will be four categories of prizes:
- Best story by a storyteller
- Best perspective by a practitioner
- Best story or perspective by an author under 26 years old
- Best story or perspective by an author from an economically-developing country
At the moment, the first/second/third prizes will be $100/$50/$25 in each category. The prize will be higher if we get more donations 🙂
The deadline for submissions is 15 Sep, 2017.
Read the free version of Life Plus 2 Meters (volume 1) for examples of visions. Read up on the science or some “food for thought” blog posts to think more about how climate change might affect us.
To read about format and submission guidelines, go here.
If you’re ready to submit now, then please send your vision, bio and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
We’re looking for $600 (and more!) to fund prizes to authors with the best visions in 4 categories: storyteller, practitioner, under-25, and from lower-income country.
The deadline to contribute $ is 25 June (more here)
The deadline to send your “vision” is 31 July (more here)
You can get your copy too! PDF for free or Kindle/paperback for $4. (That’s the cost of printing; we’re not making any profits!)
I realized last night that I got ahead of most people in pushing this project from publishing volume 1 of Life Plus 2 Meters to starting on volume 2, i.e., asking authors for new visions and asking readers to support those authors by contributing to prizes for the best visions.
I was too involved in the process to realize that others need time to appreciate how far we’ve come before asking them to move ahead. That was a mistake, and I am therefore resetting a few things.
First, I am going to suspend/cancel fundraising for prize money to award to authors submitting to volume 2. (All pledges will be returned at no cost to backers.) Although I intend to raise funds and distribute prizes to the best writing in volume 2, it’s too early for people to know what they are contributing to because people have not had enough time to read (and appreciate) volume 1!
Second, I am still looking for new visions, but the deadline is relaxed. As with volume 1, new (and acceptable) visions will be published on this site as they come in. At some point, I will announce a deadline for the last visions (April 2017?). Then I and others will select the visions for volume 2 and award prizes to the authors of the best visions.
Third, I will now spend my time exclusively on promoting Life Plus 2 Meters, volume 1, as we need a lot of people to think more about adaptation to climate change. (Get the free pdf or cheap kindle/paperback here.)
Thank you for your support and understanding.
(As in 12 Jan 2017 from 15:00 CET)
The link to the ask me anything will be posted here.