I think this is a great idea, maybe something for the many talented writers here on LitNet! cheers to you and good luck!

INFO HERE: http://sapiensplurum.org/index.html

Sponsored by the Future of Life Institute

Utopian Short Fiction Contest

Submissions due by June 9th, 2019 | No entry fee

"Sapiens Plurum conducts an annual short-fiction contest, opening on Earth Day of each year. The purpose of the contest is to entice authors to conceive of the future in terms of desirable outcomes, and imagine how we might get there."


"Each of us contributes to the future, through our work, our creations, our children, even our DNA. Imagine a being or entity that exists in the future because of your existence on Earth today. Is this entity your descendant in a traditional sense? Have beings evolved? Is your “descendant” still biological? Is your “descendant” a grandchild or a clone? Have we merged with technology or uploaded DNA to create new cyber-beings? Is your “descendant” something completely different?

Things to consider as you write your story: Let the reader see this future world through your eyes. Let us see how people --- whatever that means --- try to live in harmony with the natural world and society, how they maintain their own health and happiness, how they overcome challenges. But most of all, tell a good story, with characters we care about, setting, conflict, and resolution.

Your story should be consonant with the Sapiens Plurum mission: to inspire us -- the first species that can intentionally impact its own evolution -- to aspire beyond what was humanly possible. And with the Future of Life Institute mission: Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before, or to self-destruct. Let's make a difference. ​(For a deeper understanding of the reasons for this contest, see Why We Need Utopian Fiction Now More Than Ever.)​"

Submissions due by June 9th, 2019 | No entry fee