Nature of Cities Short Story Contest

We aspire to future green cities around the globe—cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just. What does this mean?

Let’s imagine. What are the stories of people and nature in cities in 2099? What will cities be like to live in? Are they lush and green, verdant and biodiverse? What will cities look like; be made of? How will they be designed and powered? Will they be tall, short, dense, underground or underwater? What of public spaces? Social organization? Mobility? Government? Sustainability and food? Wildlife? Climate change and resilience? Poverty, consumption, wealth, and justice? How will we interact and relate to one another and the natural world? What sort of stories can we tell about our communities and the spaces that shape will them?

You tell us. What are the stories of people and the nature of cities in 2099?

The Nature of Cities would like to announce the Stories of the Nature of Cities 2099 Prize for Urban Flash Fiction with our partners, the University of Utah, the University of Utah’s Center for Ecological Planning + Design, the New York City Urban Field Station, the University of Johannesburg, the University of Johannesburg’s Graduate School of Architecture, and Trinity College Dublin want to imagine with you. From among all submissions, we’ll choose up to six prize recipients in 2018, with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize categories, plus honourable mentions.

  • 1 Gold prize: $3,000 and a place in the collected publication
  • 2 Silver prizes: $1,500 and a place in the collected publication
  • 3 Bronze prizes: $500 and a place in the collected publication
  • Honorable mentions (number to be determined): no prize money, but included in the collected publication

All winning stories will be published as a book by Publication Studios / Guelph, and possibly other venues.

Contest details can be found at The Nature of Cities.

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Curtis Walker is an educator, musician, and arts administrator based in Guelph, Ontario. He holds a Master’s degree in Cultural Theory, where he focused his writing on experimental music. He also spent years as a member of the programming and organizing team for the Send + Receive Festival of Sound in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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