Our potential to do good in this world is always held back by the propensity for humanity to fall back on vice and old mistakes. Science fiction acts as the test grounds for what the world could be, predicting dreamed dystopias coming into reality, and producing the ingredients for innovation. The horror genre wouldn’t be so frightening if not for the fact that humans often prove to be their own worst enemy. Fantasy literature pits the forces of good and evil against one another only to reveal a world painted in murky, muddled, shades of gray. Redux & Progression wants stories that address how far we’ve come and how far we have yet to go. What stops us from unlocking a world in which everyone prospers? When the promised day arrives, why does nostalgia beckon us to an age that has passed away? Open to submit between April 1- April 15 11:59PM EST.
FICTION, POETRY & NON-FICTION IDEAS
We’d love to see the following but encourage you to not treat these as prompts:
- Social criticism with a political activist edge
- Stories, poems, and nonfiction narratives within the cyberpunk, solarpunk, dieselpunk, [insert]punk realm
- Characters struggling with the ramifications of utopia achieved. What were the costs left unspoken?
- Catastrophic events reshaping the natural order. How do we recover or move forward after returning to a post-Industrial Age?
- How can literature, science, etc. shape our future by learning from the triumphs and mistakes of the past?
TWO GENRE EXAMPLES