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Short Fiction Writing Contest | Sapiens Plurum | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: May 30th, 2021

Sapiens Plurum is announcing the seventh annual short fiction writing contest “Healthy Together: Innovations for One Health”. The winner will receive $1000 for first prize. Second prize is $500 and third is $300. The contest opens on Earth Day each year, and this year it will run through May 31, 2021.

One Health is an effort by the CDC that recognizes the connection among the health of people, animals and the environment to achieve optimal health outcomes. You can learn more about One Health here. The One Health concept is the basis for this year’s contest.

The news today is full of stories of disease and environmental destruction. We ask authors to imagine a world in which technology has improved One Health —  the health of the environment, humans, and all living things.

Let the reader see this future world through your eyes. Let us see how people — whatever that means — try to live in harmony with the natural world and society, how they maintain their own health and happiness, how they overcome challenges. But most of all, tell a good story, with characters we care about, setting, conflict, and resolution.

Your story should be consonant with the Sapiens Plurum mission: “To inspire us — the first species that can intentionally impact its own evolution — to aspire beyond what was humanly possible”.

Prizes for the Sapiens Plurum 2021 Short Fiction Contest

  • 1st – $1,000
  • 2nd – $500
  • 3rd – $300


  • There is no entry fee.
  • Authors must be 18 or older to win.
  • Writers can be from anywhere in the world
  • Submissions must be the original work of the submitter
  • Word count between1500-3000 words, in English.
  • Decisions of the judges are final.

How To Enter

  • Save your story, without your name, as a .pdf file
  • Go to Easy Chair submission page for EDSFC 2021 Sapiens Plurum/FLI Short-Fiction Contest.
  • You will log in or register as a new user at Easy Chair.
  • Once you have logged in, click “New submission”. Fill in your name and address and title of the story.
  • Authors must agree to the Terms and Conditions in order to submit your story.
  • Upload the .pdf file containing your story.
  • Press SUBMIT to complete your entry.
  • Judging will take about 6 weeks, depending upon the number of entries. Entrants will be informed when winners are posted.


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