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A live, virtual conference celebrating climate fiction and providing networking and educational space for climate fiction authors, readers, editors, and publishers.

#CliFiCon22

Saturday October 1, 2022

Early Bird Registration is now available through our website.

The Climate Fiction Conference

Join us for the first (and what we hope will become an annual) Utopia Awards & Climate Fiction Conference! The conference will run from 9:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. EST.

The conference schedule currently includes panels and workshops such as:

  • Solarpunk: Radical Futures, Utopianism, and Climate Fiction

  • Black and African Climate Fiction

  • Climate as Setting and Plot Device

  • Hear Our Voice: Centering Marginalized Communities in Climate Fiction

  • Fighting Fascism with Climate Fiction

  • Afrofuturism, Amazofuturism, and Climate Fiction

  • Personification and Nature as Character

  • Activism, Spirituality, and Climate Fiction

Registration and Admission

Early-Bird Registration

Early-bird registration is $65 for full participant access to the conference and the awards ceremony.

Late Registration

Beginning September 1, 2022 the registration price will increase to $75 per person for full participant access to the conference and the awards ceremony.

The Utopia Awards

The Utopia Award Ceremony will take place on October 1, 2022, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. EST. Anyone who attends the conference is welcome and encouraged to also attend the award ceremony.

 

The Award Ceremony will kick off at 5:00 p.m. with a DJ and networking room where conference participants and award ceremony attendees can hang out, relax, enjoy some music, and network for the hour leading up to the award ceremony. The ceremony itself will begin at 6:00 p.m. EST and will be over by 7:00 p.m. EST.

Award Nominations

Nominations for the first annual Utopia Awards will be open to works published in 2021 that exemplify hopeful, utopian climate fiction.

Criteria

  1. Works nominated for a Utopia Award must have been published during 2021.
     

  2. Nominated works must have been published by traditional publishers, small independent publishers, or by semi-pro or professional climate fiction, science fiction, and fantasy magazines, as defined by the SFWA. At this time, we do not have the capacity to consider self-published work.

In addition, nominated works will tend to have some if not all of the following focuses:
 

  • Hopeful: uplifting, leaves the reader with a sense of inspiration, aspiration, and optimism
     

  • Utopian: Climate fiction (fiction with a focus on climate change themes, setting, and plot elements), science fiction, or fantasy content and themes that don't end in apocalypse or dystopia, but rather envision worlds in which humanity, technology, and nature coexist in harmony rather than in conflict; and/or depict future communities that are actively struggling to build a just and equitable utopian world, even if they haven't yet fully reached that goal. 
     

  • Solutions: works with a focus in particular on solutions to climate change and the effects of climate change on the planet, ecosystems, and communities. But also works that focus on providing solutions to other global social problems and envision futures with new, democratic, participatory, and collaborative political and economic systems.

The Process

 

Nominations will be made by a panel of authors, editors, and publishers who are familiar with and well read in utopian fiction, climate fiction, and related genres.  Nomination submissions are not open to the public. Panelists will make nominations based on their own reading history, familiarity, and awareness of works, as well through survey's of author eligibility posts.

 

Each nomination panelist will nominate three works per category, and they'll rank those works in order of preference. Those nominations will create our Longlist.

 

We will then award each longlisted work points based on their placement among each nominating panelists order of preference. The five works that receive the most points in each category will make up the award shortlist. The shortlist will be made publicly available no later than May 2022

Public Voting

Public voting on the shortlist of nominees will begin in July 2022.

Voters can submit one ballot with a vote for one finalist per category. We will verify email addresses on ballots and remove votes from fake or sock puppet accounts. We will also actively remove any duplicate votes from the same verified email address. Write-in votes will not be considered.

 

Public shortlist votes are tallied by awarding each work 1 point per vote received. The work in each category with the most points will win the Utopia Award for that category.

Award Categories

 

The following is the full slate of Utopia Awards. It is possible that our first annual awards will not include all of these categories. The final list of 2022 award categories will be available soon.

  • Utopian Novel⁠ — Adult

  • Utopian Novel⁠ — YA

  • Utopian Middle Grade

  • Utopian Novella

  • Utopian Novelette

  • Utopian Anthology or Collection

  • Utopian Short Story

  • Utopian Poem

  • Utopian Artist

  • Utopian Nonfiction

  • Utopian Curator (an award for pro and semi-pro magazines and publishing houses that published utopian work in 2021)

  • Utopian Community Builder Award

Conference Panelists, Moderators, and Facilitators

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More panelists to announce soon!

Our Sponsors

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If your organization, publishing house, or publication would like information on sponsoring the 2022 Utopia Awards & Climate Fiction Convention, please email info@android-press.com with the subject line "CliFiCon Sponsor Info."