“2024” We Have Winners!
Seeking the best
credible positive vision
of life in 2024,
in a satisfying narrative context
Entropy being what it is, all that we can create, without first imagining it, is a mess!
So. tell us a story we can believe in, about a world not far in the future where things are not perfect but getting better, not just for a few, but for humanity.
This is not easy to do, dystopias abound in all forms of fiction and “utopia” is pronounced with a sneer more often than not.
But how will we avoid a horrible future if it is all we can imagine?
The judges, Professor Gillian Trigg, Dr Peter Ellyard and Fr Rod Bower have deliberated carefully and come to the conclusion that the winner for this year is
Roy Stevenson for his story "The Party Guest"
You can download it here
We have arranged for Roy to receive his $1000 prize at the
University of the Sunshine Coast
at a suitable time in the next couple of weeks.
Two smaller, unplanned awards have been inspired by the entries received.
We are pleased to award $100 to Zachary Chu, whose story "Arcanum" is of outstanding quality, especially considering that the author hasn't finished primary school!
We hope that Zachary continues to write, and to imagine futures worth living in.
We would like to recognise the film potential of the story "AIvatar", by Stephen Brewer, with a second $100 prize. The imagery is truly remarkable and the future imagined very inviting.
Enjoy it here:
Stephe says he "works as a User Experience Consultant in Sydney, but that's mostly an excuse to get paid for thinking about how humans will interact with their tools in the future", when not writing science fiction. His story AIvatar presents a near future kindergarten class, full of the wondrous possibilities of our children's interaction with information, but where the very fragile elements of family and childhood
can be fraught with tension — and joy.
Another of our authors, Moona Perotin, has kindly agreed to share her story
"Calling the Bluff", it can be read one her website: www.moonartunlimited.com
Her facebook page: fb: Moona Perrotin artist might also be of interest.
Zachary and Stephen will receive their prize by bank transfer, if it suits them to send advice of bank details. We would love photos of them for our winner's gallery.
Thanks again to all contributors and we hope that you will all enter again next year and spread the word.
Best of luck with your writing!
Penny Vos, Gillian Trigg, Peter Ellyard and Rod Bower
Link to our competition announcement page- the next round will allow for a future further from our time.
Thanks to J Marc Schmidt for permission to share his story,
"The Opposite of Dystopia" with you all.
You can download it here:
Ben Elton, author of 15 immensely popular and thought-provoking novels, including two dealing extensively with the future, recommends our "2024" competition:
"What a wonderful and original stimulus for new story telling! In these dangerous days when fear and anger seem to have become the new normal surely it’s time for writers and artists to start imagining the positive. Now there’s a challenge”.