Short Story Contest 2022
an exhibition project of the Graduate School Practices of Literature [en]
For the 2022 short story competition, we are looking for prose texts on the theme of „Green Tales“.
From potted plants to garden greens to wild growth by the wayside – plants are everywhere. They provide shade, cure diseases and improve the air; but they can also be poisonous and become a deadly trap for some animals. Yet plants are considered passive, a misconception, as current research on plant intelligence and communication shows. Plants also play an important role in literature. Science fiction and fantasy texts in particular imagine grotesque humanoid plants and wild eco-scenarios. An exhibition of the Graduate School Practices of Literature will be dedicated to the representation of plants in this literature in May 2022. For this reason, the Cultural Office is also interested in stories in which earthly or intergalactic plants are more than just a backdrop. We are looking for innovative texts that take plants out of their role as bystanders and turn them into actors.
Students and staff of the WWU or students from another university in Münster can participate. The texts must not exceed 7,500 characters (including spaces). Since the texts are to be submitted anonymously to the jury, names may only be noted in the accompanying email. The winners will receive prize money totalling 1,500 euros.
Send your short story in German or English as a PDF file (text 1.5 lines) by 31.01.2022 to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winning texts will be presented in an author reading during the exhibition and will appear in print.