Climate Stories of Disaster and Perseverance
Deadline Monday, November 8th, 2021
A hurricane front looms like a collapsing wall out at sea. A blistering heat wave melts asphalt, leaving it as sticky as the air. A drought has turned wide fields to plains of dust. Raging forest fires seal off all routes into a city. The weather is changing, and not for the better.
The London Reader is issuing an open call for creative climate writing about the weather, disaster, and perseverance.
Bad Weather is an upcoming collection of stories, poetry, and art about people facing the immediate effects of climate change in harrowing moments and their daily lives. Fiction and non-fiction submissions can feature historical, near-future, or present-day weather events, but the focus should be on characters or personal experience. Writing about life in the face of bad weather can be frightening, absurd, funny, or poignant, and potentially all four.
- Spring floods destroy an old family cottage with three generations of memories
- A social media intern updates live from ground zero of a hurricane
- A town in Wales rallies together to repair an old seawall after the government abandons them
- California wildfires force a young couple to move their hand-built tiny home
- Supply shortages disrupt the arrival of bottled water to a drought-stricken town
- A Floridian family flees through swamps as the peninsula is swallowed by storm surges
- A woman experiencing a midlife crisis hopes to see a tornado with her own eyes
- A character’s dream garden business survived the recent flood but is now uninstallable and at risk
- Young friends attempting to sail from the Canary Islands to the Caribbean are struck by a freak winter hurricane and become lost at sea
- Prisoners are conscripted to fight wildfires to save the lives of people who forgot about them
- A German man’s houseboat serenely floats across town in a devastating deluge
- Two very different people meet for the first time in an evacuation shelter
What to submit: Creative works can be stand-alone pieces or collections, but should generally be fewer than 5,000 words or no more than 3 connected poems per submission. Multiple submissions, simultaneous submissions, and previously published submissions are welcome. Artwork should be favourably viewed on a tablet or single A5 page
How to submit: The London Reader submission portal for this issue.
If you have any questions or difficulty submitting, email coordinator@LondonReader.uk. (The submission form requires a Google account, and you can submit by email if you do not have one.
The deadline for submitting on this theme is November 8th, 2021.
(Image: Flood by J Lloa)