$1,000 Short Story Contest (The End of Our World)

Update: We no longer recommend entering this contest. First, they added a submission fee. Second, they changed the rules after the contest was originally opened for submissions. Because of this, we cannot support this contest.

Aftermath.org is currently hosting a short story contest with a $1,000 grand prize. The theme is “The End of the World.” The contest is open to all writers. They are offering $1,400 in prizes, plus they also offer $25 for stories that don’t win, but that they would still like to publish.

According to their contest page:

The whole point of this magazine is to raise awareness of the harm that we are doing to our planet and the dire consequences this will have. Our fact sheet (link) lists many of the threats facing our environment and society. We are heading for multiple apocalyptic disasters, not in the distant future but in a matter of decades, if we are lucky, or years, if we are not.


What we don’t like to see are stories that ignore the manmade causes of our downfall and simply embark on wild post-apocalyptic fantasies. They have no cautionary value. And that is ultimately what all this is about. An attempt to bring humans to their senses, by conceiving the inconceivable, showing them what they are doing and what this is going to do to them and their loved ones.


They are seeking no-nonsense, real world stories about what climate change will actually mean for people around the world. They want stories that will jolt people into taking action.

Make sure you submission is on topic — and be sure to read the fact sheet they’ve provided.

The deadline to enter is June 30th, 2019.

To learn more, carefully read the contest guidelines here.


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