A writing competition about England’s future
The website England’s Future History is looking for short stories between 500 and 3000 words set in England at any point in the future.
The organisers are clear what they don’t want:”… sci-fi, flying cars and jet packs…”
And they have ideas about the kind of stories they would like:
It could be the assassination of the Prime Minister, the future of housing in the country, or the day cancer is finally cured. We’re looking for personal accounts of similar events – were you there when the PM was killed, are you buying your first home in 2030 or was your dad the last person to die from cancer?
Is food a bit of a problem in the England of the future?
An interesting twist
As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to to the website’s timeline. They become the future history and your story has to fit in with the world they have created. Three stories have been selected so far. By the 2030s rats are farmed because they are a good source of protein and twenty years later we can engineer dreams and pay to have memories wiped. Towards the end of the century we’ve pretty much mastered the problem of recycling. Read the timeline in full HERE
Deadlines are at the end of March, June, September and December. The next one is June 30, 2016.
You can read how to submit HERE and, as far as I can see, the prize is honour and glory and publication on the website. I would sigh and pull a face because the writer is working for free (again!), except this is a really interesting experiment and clearly there’s more imagination in the organisation of the competition than hard cash.