The Economic Security Project, a two-year fund to support exploration and experimentation with unconditional cash stipends, is encouraging creative writers to enter its Into the Black contest—specifically, a speculative fiction contest that asks writers to imagine a future of economic security.
What might a world look like where all of our most basic needs are met? The judges want writers to probe the effects of a basic income on individual lives and on society as a whole.
Writers may choose to examine how this economic policy could shuffle relationships of power, or if economic freedom is even attainable without first resolving racial and gender justice. Writers may contemplate universality (i.e., whether this benefit concerns everyone), explore the community impact, and even rename this economic idea.
The most powerful story will win the writer a monetary award of $12,000 over the next year. Short list winners will receive $1,000 each. Winning stories will also be published online.
Story length: up to 5K words.
Deadline: November 1, 2017.
Fees: NONE. It’s is free to enter this contest.