Short story contest (MA only) on alternative energy future

Submitted by Mary Essary

2006-03-27 22:57:30

An Educational Outreach Program about Clean Energy from NESEA, the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.
Pilot Program for All High School Students in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
School Year 2005/2006

The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) has announced Imagining Tomorrow: Alternate Energy Futures, an exciting new contest designed to promote thinking about clean energy and sustainable energy policy. Massachusetts students are invited to submit a near-future short story that shows how energy choices are affecting this future society.
Stories are due by April 30, 2006. A panel will chose the top stories from twenty-five finalists at an awards reception to be held in late May. All finalists will receive cash awards, with $250 for first prize.

What will tomorrow's world be like? What could it be like? How will we find the energy sources necessary to fuel the world's growing economies?
How will we protect the environment and the climate? What could result from the competitive struggle for resources?

Students are invited to consider the possible alternatives for their future, and write a fictional 7500-1500 word story based on their research and their projection into the future. Students must also submit a short description of the conceptual starting point, citing relevant references and statistics.

Details on the contest, including guidelines and submission information, resources for students and for teachers are available at The website also contains examples of starting points from environmental, political, economic, and technology perspectives, and links to companies in the clean energy industry. Schools and teachers are encouraged to participate and use the contest as a curriculum-related activity, as an assignment, or as an extra-credit or honors project. Students may also submit stories independently.”

Imagining Tomorrow: Alternate Energy Futures is a near-future fiction short story contest. The stories must take place anywhere from tomorrow to fifty years from now, with a requirement that the story have some reflection of how our choices in energy sources and policy have affected that future world.

Imagining Tomorrow is a short story contest for all Massachusetts high school students. We invite you to imagine the world in the next fifty years.
How will our current policies and attitudes regarding energy and the environment change in that time, and how might they change us and our world?
First Prize: $250; Second and Third Prizes: $125
$50 and $25: 22 Additional Finalists
All Finalists Invited to Awards Reception.
See Guidelines and Rules for additional information.

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