April is AASL contest month! Each week in April, we’ll announce a new contest prompt in a different genre of creative fiction, and this week it’s sci-fi.
Paolo Bacigalupi is a sci-fi and fantasy writer who has won the Printz, Hugo, and Nebula Awards and been nominated for the National Book Award. He is the author of The Windup Girl, Ship Breaker, and numerous short stories.
Here’s your prompt: Many apocalypse stories take place in alternative world where life has become miserable. But what about a utopian society where everything is great, but at what cost? Where radiation makes everyone look like Colin Firth? Where the radiation causes whales to learn human speech? Where the only food that can grow is biogenetically engineered chocolate trees. Write a story in 750 words or less set in a gloriously wonderful utopian world. (Possibility for humor.)
How to enter:
-Create a new writing
-Tag it utopiacontest
-Be sure to press “Publish Now”
-Wait the hour or so it sometimes takes for entries to show up BELOW.
The deadline is Sunday, May 1 at 9PM EST. Then YOU decide the finalists by voting on your favorite entries; you can vote until Friday, May 6th at 6pm EST. The top hearted entries will become finalists. The winner will receive signed copies of one of Paolo’s books, get highlighted on our blog and newsletter and AASL’s blog and newsletter, and be entered (along with the winners of all four contests) to win a Kindle. Good luck, Figs!
1. One entry per person, please.
2. The promotion of your contest entry is not allowed on Figment. This includes self-promotion and the promotion of other users’ contest entries in the Figment forums, the comments and reviews of stories, and the Figment Facebook page. Independent promotion on sites unrelated to Figment, like personal Facebook or Twitter accounts, is fine.
3. Works must be published between the announcement of the contest and the closure of the contest. Entries created before the start date or after the end date will not be included in the pages of contest entries and will be ineligible to win. This means a new story must be created for the contest; adapting an old story published before the start of the contest will make the entry ineligible to win.
4. The rules of the contest are both strict and open to interpretation by a moderator.
5. It is the user’s responsibility to properly tag the story so that the story appears within the contest submissions. Untagged or improperly tagged stories will not be shown with the submissions and will not be eligible to win.
6. The creation of multiple accounts to heart or otherwise vote for your contest entry on Figment is prohibited, and may result in the disqualification of that entry, the deletion of your Figment account, and/or the blocking of your IP address permanently from the site, at the moderator’s discretion.