Citizen of Nowhere Competition

This flash/short story competition is your chance to explore possible utopias and dystopias. Run in conjunction with Rowan Tree Editing, the Citizen of Nowhere Competition winners will appear in an anthology of stories on utopian themes to be published by Cinnamon Press.

'Utopia'? 'Dystopia'? What we're looking for

Entries must be about a:

  • UTOPIA
    Where utopia is defined as a fictional account of a society with limited resources and imperfect citizens that strives towards, or has achieved, a social ideal. Or a
  • USTOPIA
    Where ustopia (coined by Margaret Atwood) is a mix of utopia and dystopia. Or a
  • ANTI-UTOPIA
    An anti-utopia being a satirical, tragic inversions of utopias. Or a
  • DYSTOPIA
    A dystopia is a satirical, tragic inversions of utopia. Or, finally, a
  • COCKAYGNE-FABLE
    Cockaygne-fables are the pre-utopian myths that informed the more specific utopian genre.

Utopias are preferred and will make up the bulk of entries in the final anthology.

What to send

  1. Entry fee: £12.
  2. Send either:
       A: 1 short story of up to 4,000 words; or
       B: 3 flash fictions, each up to 300 words long
  3. Include a short biography (50–100 words) with your entry.
  4. Send your story/flash fictions and biography in a single document.
  5. Files must be in either .rtf, .doc, .docx, or .pdf.
  6. Only electronic submissions via this website using the form below — no postal entries will be accepted.
  7. Stories/flash fictions must be original material, previously unpublished in any form.
  8. Entries judged and selected by: Rowan B. Fortune.
  9. We are unable to give feedback on individual entries or on the results of the competition — the judge's decision is final.
  10. Deadline: 31 July, 2018.

Results will be announced within 2 months of the closing date, via Rowan Tree Editing's website, etc, the Cinnamon website and Cinnamon's newsletters (make sure you sign up to receive these).

Any questions, do email Rowan.

Citizen of Nowhere competition


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