Novel Writing Competition about Sustainability and the Chance to win Cash Prizes from Green Stories

Deadline : 02 Jun 2020

Nonprofit organization: Green Stories

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Study level: Vocational Education

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Novel Writing Competition about Sustainability and the Chance to win Cash Prizes from Green Stories

Green Stories has announced the opening of competition of Full-Length Novel for adults that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. Most stories set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society, but research has shown that stories based on positive solutions to climate change inspire people more than negative ones. Participation is open to all kinds of novels, such as literary fiction, science fiction, mystery, crime, etc. The story doesn’t have to be about sustainability or climate change directly. A rom-com, for example, the characters in a legal drama could live in a city where everyone has gardens on their roofs and generates energy from their own waste. The competition is especially interested in stories that would translate well into a TV series or film.

Full-length novel (adult) Guidelines:

Typically, novels are 50,000 – 100, 000 words. Submit 5000 – 10,000 words that must include the following:

  • The first chapter.
  • Another chapter that best showcases how your novel meets the green stories criteria.
  • A third chapter (suggest the final chapter if possible).
  • A one-page synopsis.
  • You can submit more than three chapters if you need to, in order to make up to 5,000 words.
  • The format is double-spaced and numbered pages.


The total prize is £750, It is distributed as follows:

  • 1st prize £500
  • 2nd prize £100
  • Third prize £50
  • An additional prize of £50 for the best student submission (18-25 years).
  • £50 for best < 18-year submission (if sufficient high-quality entries). 
  • If a student or under 18 entry is the best overall then it will win first prize regardless of whether the entry is from a student, and the student prize will then go to the next best student entry.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Open to all, as long as it has not been published elsewhere. 
  • All submissions must be in English and conform to the green stories criteria of showing a positive vision of what a sustainable society might look like.

About Green Stories:

Green Stories is a platform for writing stories on a green and sustainable society. It offers writing competitions for all genres/formats and with various deadlines.

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