STORY SUBMISSIONS FOR STORIES OF THE NATURE OF CITIES 2020
Go to the bottom of the page to access the submission form.
The rules are simple. The work must:
(1) be 750 words or less, not including the title (i.e., “sudden fiction” or “flash fiction”);
(2) be fiction (that is, not an essay);
(3) be successfully submitted to the organizers no later than 1 January 2020;
(4) be submitted via the contest’s web-based form, below;
(5) be set in a city (the notion of “city” may be liberally interpreted);
(6) include as significant plot elements both nature and people;
(7) be submitted in English (although there may be non-English passages, for reasons of storytelling);
(8) be an original work by the submitter, to which he or she holds the rights;
(9) be previously unpublished, not under consideration in other contests, and remain so during the duration of the contest;
(10) not be racist, sexist, homophobic, gratuitously violent, or otherwise offensive;
(11) Individual authors (under actual name or pseudonym) may submit no more than one work.
(12) Authors must be at least 16 years old as of 1 January 2020.
Beyond these requirements, the work may:
(1) be written by a person of any nationality or country of residence;
(2) be of any style or genre of fiction (realism, surrealism, sci-fi, magical realism, dystopic to utopic);
(3) be set in any location;
(4) be set in the future (near or far) or present.
(5) There are no limitations on the plot or action of the story, other than those mentioned here; visit www.thenatureofcities.com to see some of the issues that motivate us. At TNOC, we are very interested in imagining cities in which nature and people co-exist, cities in which the relationships between the human-made and the natural are imagined differently.
A committee will begin reviewing the stories on 2 January 2020, a process that will continue until April 2020.SUBMIT YOUR STORY