A live, virtual conference celebrating climate fiction and providing networking and educational space for climate fiction authors, readers, editors, and publishers.
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 is $65 for full participant access to the conference and the awards ceremony.
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.
Nominations for the first annual Utopia Awards will be open to works published in 2021 that exemplify hopeful, utopian climate fiction.
Works nominated for a Utopia Award must have been published during 2021.
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.
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 revealed on Friday June 3, 2022.
Public voting on the shortlist of nominees will take place in August 1 - 21, 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.
The following is the slate of Utopia Awards being given for our inaugural year. We hope to include additional categories in the future, such as a utopian community builder award and categories for middle grade, YA, and adult novels.
Utopian Short Story
Utopian Curator (an award for pro and semi-pro magazines, publishing houses, and others that published utopian works in 2021)
Conference Panelists, Moderators, and Facilitators
More panelists to announce soon!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "CliFiCon Sponsor Info."