Ever wondered what the future will be like? Not in a sci-fi, flying cars and jet packs way. But really what we’ll be doing in 20, 30 or 100 years time?
If you have, then we want to hear your ideas. This site has been set up to create our own version of this country’s potential future.
We’re looking for personal stories set any point in England’s future that touch upon the issues that matter to you.
The fun part is that once your short story has been accepted it becomes part of England’s future history. This means that anyone else submitting a story will need to take into account the events you’ve laid down.
What kind of short stories?
It could be the assassination of the Prime Minister, the future of housing in the country, or the day cancer is finally cured. We’re looking for personal accounts of similar events – were you there when the PM was killed, are you buying your first home in 2030 or was your dad the last person to die from cancer?
- Don’t write us into a corner: The selection of stories will be curated so any that write us into a corner (apocalypse scenarios etc) will be rejected no matter how good they are
- Think small: Not every story has to have a major event. We’re looking for more personal views of the future. Characters are just as important as the events. But the story should reflect the changing times
- Follow the timeline: As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to our timeline. Before you submit, read the timeline to make sure you’re not contradicting someone else.
- Get connected: One of the aims of this project is to create a connected vision of England’s future. So, you’ll get extra brownie points if you make reference to events in other stories. Think of it as the EFHLU – the English Future History’s Literary Universe.