december, 2020

01dec1:00 am1:00 amFree to enter!Language Evolves Short Story CompetitionInternational Entry Fee: Free Max word count: 2,500 Top Prize: £400 and publication

Language Evolves – Short Story Competition

Event Details

Are you a Science Fiction author? Do you need some inspiration for your next big story? Come to our free workshop on language evolution to discover cutting-edge answers to some of the hardest questions in science:

  • How did humans evolve to be able to speak?
  • What was the first language like?
  • How does society shape the language we speak?
  • How does our language shape our thoughts?
  • What will language be like in the future?

Experts in the scientific study of language evolution will present the cutting edge of research, giving you the fuel you need to create amazing stories. We’ll cover current theories, experimental methods and what we don’t yet know. This is not a course on how to create a fantasy language, it’s a course on how to think about the way a fantasy languages might be shaped by its speakers, environment and culture.

We want to encourage writers to be inspired by the field of language evolution. This might include engaging with our questions, imagining situations in the past or the future, speculating on how language might have evolved in a different species, or thinking about the consequences of our methods and practice.

The shortlist will be judged by Arthur C. Clarke Prize winner and biological anthropologist Dr. Mary Doria Russell (The Sparrow).

The first-prize winner will receive a cash prize of £400 and the story will be published in the New Welsh Review (on an exclusive basis, subject to the usual editorial process). The 2nd and 3rd place stories will also be considered for publication in the New Welsh Review.

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