I was excited to see this science fiction writing contest. The closest I have to a story that would fit is already too long and so I don’t anticipate entering, even though the story addresses the very question of who land – or a planet – belongs to, and how if at all it relates to a group having been there first or been in closer proximity to the territory for longer. I’m tempted to try to write something new for the competition, but know deep down it would be unwise for me to do so even if I thought I had a real shot at producing something that might win. And so perhaps the next best thing will be if someone were to be the award winner who heard about it through my blog. But I might change my mind. At the very least, this is prompting me to return to that story, which I hope will be included in a volume that has been planned but is not currently an active project, and to get it finalized. If you submit because you saw it here, and you win, please do remember me when you’re a famous science fiction author!
Here are the details about the award:
The International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts is excited to announce the Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award now has a new home at the International Conference for the Fantastic in the Arts! Starting in 2020, The Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award will be presented at the ICFA Awards Banquet!
The IAFA Imagining Indigenous Futurisms Award recognizes emerging authors who use science fiction to address issues of Indigenous sovereignty and self-determination. Writers should submit a 200-word statement with background and goals in sf and an unpublished writing sample of up to 4,000 words addressing Indigenous perspectives to Professor Grace L. Dillon (Anishinaabe) at firstname.lastname@example.org. In its 10th year, the IIF Award offers a $1,000 award and is judged by a prominent sf author.
Deadline: November 1, 2019