Call for cli-fi stories for charity anthology

Help tackle climate change with your stories

Charity anthology of climate fiction stories

As well as writing fiction and running Retreat West I am a freelance journalist writing about environmental sustainability. I’ve been working in this field for almost 20 years and in that time things have got a lot worse. But they’ve also got a lot better in terms of the creative solutions that people are coming up with and the awareness of the issues we face.

Two of my most recent articles on the subject: The vanishing islands of the Pacific and the very sobering 2 billion climate refugees within 83 years, as well as two more that are being published soon about food security and vanishing coral reefs, have made me realise I need to do more to help.

So inspired by the amazing work the Stories for Homes project has done to raise money for Shelter, I’m helping in the only way I know how. Through storytelling. I’m calling for submissions for short stories and flash fictions in the newly emerging cli-fi genre, which is what my new novel fits into. They will be gathered into an anthology and the profits will be donated to the Earth Day Network, which is working to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide. It also does tangible things like planting trees, lobbying governments, and tackling corporations who are some of the biggest threats to the environment.

I’m also looking for volunteers to help me with this project as it’s a bit too big to handle it all alone. I’d like help with reading submissions and choosing which stories go in the anthology, editing, cover design, proofreading, promotion and marketing. If you’d like to be involved email me to let me know how you can help.

Please also share this far and wide with all the writers you know.

Story Submission Details

Word Count: From 250 to 3,000 words

Deadline: 30th November 2017

Submission guidelines

  • Submit stories written in English through Submittable using the button below by 23.45 GMT on the deadline date (sorry late entries will not be included)
  • Do not include your name on the story or submission title but provide a short bio in the body of the email All stories are read anonymously so any showing the author’s name will be disqualified.
  • Stories must be your own original work and not have been published online or in print, or have won any other competitions (longlisted and shortlisted places in other competitions is fine)
  • By submitting you agree to your story being published in the anthology
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed but if your story wins a prize or is published prior to the anthology announcement it won’t be included
  • Stories must be for adults – no children’s fiction
  • Only 1 story per writer


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