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“We know now that oil was a powerful drug, more dangerous than heroin, more addictive than nicotine. Governments and corporations were the drug-pushers, and everywhere, all over the world, ordinary people were the addicts… But this addiction to fun, this commitment to convenience, to leisure, to the mindless gratification of the senses, this pandemic lust for black gold – as the greediest of those humans called oil – was having a devastating effect on Gaia.” (Astra, by Naomi Foyle)
To mark our current Book Club title – Astra by Naomi Foyle – we’re running a flash fiction competition on the theme of Environmental Disaster.
Nimma’s account of the environmental disaster that creates Astra‘s world strikes close to home. We live in a time when we’re starting to see the effects of man’s carelessness: hurricanes, floods, droughts, the melting of the polar ice caps. We want your stories of imminent disaster, of the day our world comes crashing down, of the civilisations that follow in our tainted footsteps.
The winning stories will be published on Litro Online, reaching thousands of our readers.
- Entries must be no more than 700 words long and on the theme of “Environmental Disaster”
- Entries should not have been previously published anywhere, in print or online
- The deadline for entries is midnight on Saturday 22nd February, 2014, and the winning stories will be published on the Litro website, starting Monday 24th February
- Only one entry per writer, please
- Entries must be submitted via this link