Interactive Fiction

Thanks to PRME UK Chapter for sponsoring this prize

This competition is free to enter. There will be prizes and routes to production/publication.

General Competition Information

We are looking for Interactive Fiction pieces that in some way touch upon ideas around building a sustainable society or showcase green ideas, practices or technologies. If you’d prefer to create your story you can view the other mediums here.

Most stories and games set in the future are dystopian, meaning they have a pessimistic view of society. We encourage you to imagine a more positive settings and practices for your story. You can find out more about why we recommend positive stories here. Do feel free to draw upon the resources in this Green Stories website to write your story. Each story ideas/resources page provides links to articles/videos that describe the ideas behind it as well as ideas for how such information might be integrated into your story. For example you could write a piece of Interactive Fiction that promotes the well-being index and/or make use of ideas on our pages such as sustainable foodgreen energy, green transportsharing economy etc.

The first output from our green stories short stories competition is now available to buy ‘Resurrection Trust‘ – a collection of funny, dark, mad, bad, upbeat, downbeat and fantastical short stories about living sustainably. It has a foreword by Caroline Lucas and review by Jonathan Porritt. It’s £3.99/£7.99 available on Amazon or even better https://www.hive.co.uk/ which allows you support your local bookshop. Writers may find it a useful source of ideas.

Interactive Fiction Guidelines

Thanks to PRME UK Chapter for sponsoring this prize

Deadline:  1st Dec 2019

Details: team entries allowed.

Specifications: an introduction to the story and around an hour’s worth of material/gameplay.

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

Prizes:  £750 total prize fund: 1st prize £500, 2nd prize £100, 3rd prize £50 plus £50 for best student submission (18-25 years) and £50 for best under 18 year submission. If a student or under 18 entry is the best piece of work then it will win first prize regardless of whether the entry is from a student or under 18 entry and prizes for those categories will go to the next best entry.

We are collaborating with Talespinners a cooperative of freelancers who provide writing, narrative design, and consultancy for games, on the details of this competition.

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Submission details available nearer the deadline