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  This “Choices” contest, addressing Climate Change, has been a great source of inspiration for everyone. Some of you have shared a glimpse of a dystopian future; some of you have made brilliant suggestions; some of you have written of hope; all of you have expressed concern and commitment, through your stories and through your comments.  We feel proud to have members who are so environmentally aware and who care about our earth.

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"Choices"

Climate Change is a topic that’s on everyone’s mind these days.  Studies have shown that one of the helpful ways to deal with difficult topics is to write about them.  Fiction is particularly helpful to be able to explore our thoughts and emotions. 
CleanAir.club is a new section of Voice.club that is focused on Climate Change.  Our first prompt under CleanAir.club is “Choices”.
We invite you to write a story of 350 words or less with a theme of climate change.  We especially would like stories that describe choices that affect our climate or result from changes in the climate.  Perhaps the choices were those made in the distant past that have led to current conditions, or perhaps the choices are ones we can make now to help alleviate our challenges.  Some of our past shortlisted stories are good examples of those with an underlying theme of climate change, even though they don’t all mention choices:
We invite you to explore various choices in your own new stories.  We look forward to hearing your ideas and reflections about this very timely topic.  Since this topic is so important to our lives and to future generations, we will immediately publish and shortlist well-written stories that meet our criteria and that we believe will inspire helpful discussions.  We believe that the discussions of these stories may help all of us deal with this challenging topic. 
Good luck in the contest!

Double-check your story against the rules below, and make all corrections BEFORE you submit!  Multiple entries of the same story will be disqualified.

Ensure your submission follows these rules:
  • Correct length (350 words or less)
  • Correct spelling and grammar
  • Family-friendly content
Make sure your story relates to climate change.
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Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
1 month ago

Well, well, well, what can I say – a whole new section of Voice.club with a title that sounds like another website, all devoted to climate change. It is such a great idea, and I totally agree with the sentiments expressed by the site leaders. Scientists’ facts and figures, and I was one of them contributing facts and figures, haven’t worked. It is now time for stories!
My problem: I’m currently working on one. It is 200,000 words and growing. How do I reduce it to 350 words for the ‘Choices’ contest?

Melissa Taggart
Melissa Taggart (@melissa-taggart)
1 month ago

I’d like to thank Voice.club for putting this on. I, for one, struggle a bit in the writing of Cli-fi. So, I appreciate the opportunity to challenge myself. Climate change fiction is a lot like science fiction in that it is mostly an extension rather than an invention. It is an interesting and important category!

Last edited 1 month ago by Melissa Taggart
Lyric The Great
Lyric The Great (@lyric-the-great)
1 month ago

It’s been a while since I’ve been on here, and I’ve been thinking about Climate Change recently! This is great for me! Thanks!

Chris
Chris (@chris)
26 days ago

Hi Lyric ~ I enjoyed reading your previous story – No Place for an Android – and I look forward to your story on this Clean Air contest. It is important for your generation to share your views on climate change, and make your Voice heard!

Julie Harris
Julie Harris (@julie-harris)
1 month ago

Thank you Voice Team for giving us a platform to focus on this important topic. Three of my four published stories for the last Micro Fiction contest were about climate change, so you can see that it’s a topic that is foremost in my mind these days. I am enjoying other people’s stories and thoughts on this timely, urgent topic and look forward to more thinking outside the box. Maybe our stories can help influence people and move us toward a less ominous future.

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
29 days ago

A month ago when this new theme on Voice.club first materialized, I thanked the site managers for organizing a focus on a theme that was very close to my interests. I mentioned at the time that I was working on a climate change novel and joked that all I had to do was reduce it to 350 words for this contest. There are only a few days left, and I’m now admitting defeat. I won’t get there – I’m stuck at 1000 words.
But this new Voice.club focus has been inspirational for me. I’ve worked harder than ever on my novel over the past month. I’m almost finished revising and editing the first part (Book One of a three book trilogy?) for the upteenth time. I’ll find some way to let people know when I get there.
Thank you, everyone who’s participated on the Clean-Air theme and in the Choices contest. You’ve all helped me make progress on a project I really should get finished before I ‘shuffle off this mortal coil’.
cheers

Leyla Unerli
Leyla Unerli (@leyla-unerli)
26 days ago

How will I know if I get accepted onto the shortlist without having to read every single one?

Leyla Unerli
Leyla Unerli (@leyla-unerli)
24 days ago

This is probably the best theme yet! As a young individual who cares for the Earth and all of the life on it, this connected to something I care about. So many ideas!

Last edited 24 days ago by Leyla Unerli
Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
14 days ago

Hello, I was wandering around the site (as usual with my approach to websites, it might be better to say floundering) looking for a way to make a comment about the climate related contest that is now in its final phase. This is a subject as many here will realize that is very interesting to me. I wanted the opportunity to thank the organizers for this focus and to relay a bit of news.

During this past month when the contest has been active, it has encouraged me to get on with a project I’ve been working on for seven or eight years. This contest inspired me to bite the bullet and finalize the first book in a series about the hazards of ignoring human-induced climate change. I would like to thank the site organizers and all the members I’ve interacted with for encouraging me to get on with this project. It is now out there for sale on Amazon (The Souring Seas by Alan Kemister) and I really don’t care how many books I sell. You’ve all encouraged me to get this done.

Cheers and thanks for the climate change choices contest. I’ve really enjoyed it.

Sandra James
Sandra James (@sandra-james)
14 days ago
Reply to  Alan Kemister

Well done, Alan! I love the way working on one prompt or idea can inspire us to complete (or start) another project. And, your line ‘I really don’t care how many books I sell’: just getting it done surpasses everything else 🙂 Congratulations!

I’ve enjoyed this prompt, too, and eagerly await the next one 🙂

Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo (@lotchie-carmelo)
6 days ago
Reply to  Alan Kemister

Congratulations on finishing your project, “The Souring Seas”, Alan.

I also enjoyed this prompt and I am looking forward to the next one.

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
7 days ago

The Nobel Peace Prize winners have been announced and it looks like Voice.club’s world-wide influence and our climate change contest were insufficient to push Greta over the top. Too bad. I think she deserved to win.

Fuji
Fuji (@fuji)
6 days ago
Reply to  Alan Kemister

I know, Alan. How sad that all our combined efforts didn’t win Greta the prize. I hope Voice club gives us more Clean Air prompts in the future. This contest was one my favorites, since it opened up so much helpful and relevant discussion.

Alan Kemister
Alan Kemister (@alan-kemister)
6 days ago
Reply to  Fuji

I also hope we come back to this theme, but not right away. The diversity of interests, experiences, stories etc. is a strength of Voice.club. So, lets give those other interests an opportunity and come back to this theme somewhere down the road.

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