1ST PRIZE: $1,000 2ND PRIZE: $500 3RD PRIZE: $300
Many people feel disoriented these days. Focused on career and family, people thought society was progressing, however slowly. They may have been dangerously wrong. The problem is not just politics. Just as our powers to better the world blossom, we're throwing our moral compass into the weeds!
Sapiens Plurum (Wisdom of Many) is dedicated to helping humankind to realize that it is the first species ever to be able to consciously impact its own evolution. Will we continue on the path toward selfishness and fear? Or will we dream big enough to apply new- found powers to attain the values we've always sought: a better, fairer, more sustainable world?
ALIVE FOR THE NEXT GENERATION
Sapiens Plurum and ASU's Center for Science and the Imagination sponsor the Earth Day Short-Fiction Contest. This year, the contest challenges brilliant imaginers to dream "Big Enough Dreams."
Dreams are crucial. If men such as Jefferson and Madison had not dreamed of a new kind of nation, there would have been no America. Without dreams, we flow along with the status quo. Without dreams, entrepreneurs stop innovating. Without dreams, societies lose direction.
If thinkers had not dreamed of a new kind of nation, America might never have happened.
Some believe people have no power over the environment and Nature. But individuals and groups do have the power to wreak vast change to the Earth, especially when amplified by technology.
Sapiens Plurum is seeking writers who can plot amazing outcomes. Our Earth Day Short Fiction Contest this year challenges authors to dream big enough dreams. Tell us of a future: In your imagination, can we evolve humanity to a better place? Or will we, like Icarus, end up too close to the Sun?
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Also, take a look at Sapiens Plurum News over the last year to glimpse the breadth and expanse of human reach! Consider the possibilities!
WINNERS of the 2016 Earth-Day Short-Fiction Contest
1st Place: "The Polar Bears Are Going to Drown"
by Michele Miller
Michele is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology/Political Science and a JD degree from the FSU College of Law. She works as an attorney at a state appellate court, and in her free time she enjoys archery, camping, and writing works of fiction.
2nd Place: "De-Termination"
by Sabrina Morris
Sabrina Morris has been writing ever since she was able to string words together to form a simple sentence. While raised in San Diego, California where she excelled in outdoor pursuits, she kept writing as her number one passion. Morris is an avid surfer, swimmer, backpacker, and bicyclist. Part of her youth included brief stints living in Hawaii and studying in Scotland and Italy. She went on to earn her degree in Writing from UCSD, graduating with Honors. Currently, Sabrina is writing, filming, and narrating a film documentary on traveling the roads of America solo with her Golden Retriever, Skylar, and staying green while journeying.
3rd Place: "Water from the Mountain"
by Anneliese Schultz
A Pushcart Prize nominee and former Bread Loaf Scholar, Anneliese completed her MFA in Creative Writing at UBC. Her work has been published by "Literary Imagination", "Enizagam", "The Lascaux Review", "Stone Canoe" and Moon Willow Press, and recognized by "Glimmer Train", "New Millennium Writings" and the Surrey International Writers' Conference. Winner of the 2013 "Enizagam" Literary Award in Fiction, she also received the 2013 ALSCW Meringoff Fiction Award, and her Hurricane Sandy story "Rockaway" won the 2016 "Stone Canoe" Allen and Nirelle Galson Prize for Fiction. Retired from teaching ‘Green Italian’ at UBC, Anneliese writes in Vancouver, BC, Boulder, CO, and points between on the train.