Green Stories Writing Competitions

March 6, 2019 by
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Interactive Fiction & Choosing Green

We’re delighted to announce that we’re collaborating with the University of Southampton on the Interactive Fiction strand of their Green Stories Writing Competitions.

The main values behind the Green Stories Writing Competitions are to raise awareness of sustainability issues, practices, policies, and technologies via story. In so doing, the hope is that these stories will promote the concept of sustainable societies.

In December 2018, we were approached by Dr Denise Baden concerning the addition of a gaming strand to the competition and whether we’d be interested in getting involved – of course we said yes!

Green Stories: Interactive Fiction Competition

Entries for the Interactive Fiction competition should explore and touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society. All genres will be considered, but stories must engage with the idea of environmentally sustainable practices and/or sustainable societies.

The Deadline for entries is 1st December 2019, and entries should consist of an introduction to the concept behind the story and around an hour’s worth of playable material/gameplay. Prizes consist of: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50, plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best under 18 years submission. Please find full details of the Interactive Fiction competition here.

If you’re new to Interactive Fiction, there is a wealth of free software available, such as Ink and Twine for producing interactive scripts, as well as programming tools based on natural language, such as Inform7. Good examples of Interactive Fiction can be found via The Interactive Fiction Competition and The Interactive Fiction Database.

Thanks to PRME UK Chapter for sponsoring this prize.

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