On the first of every month, a new theme will be released, centering around a struggle that the planet and its inhabitants are facing, and what we can do to fix it.
Each month, a winner and a runner up will be selected, and their fiction/ stories/ poems/ climate essays will be published on the website. These winning stories will also be published in an Anthology at the start of the following year. Writing may be presented in any style, Fantasy, Realism, Theatrical Drama etc, be set in Past, Present, or Future, (unless the given theme of the month states otherwise) and particularly welcomes characters from underrepresented backgrounds of Disability, BAME, LGTBQ and all other walks of life.
Each theme will be accompanied on the website by links to articles and information about the chosen topic so that people can learn and inspire others to educate themselves.
It will be £4 per month to enter. Half of the proceeds will go to the chosen charity for the trimester. The other half of the entry fee will go into a pot which will be put towards the publication of the winning stories in Feb 2022. The proceeds from the Anthology and the Book Launch will also be put back into saving the environment, making this a completely Not-for-Profit venture aimed solely at saving our world.
All submissions will be judged anonymously.
1st of every month, we release the theme, and the winners of the previous month.
25th of every month is the closing date.
Apologies for the delay in announcing our new theme, it is now up and running! As we are late in posting the theme, we are extending the deadline for submissions this month to the 30th September. Many Thanks for all of our submissions last month, and congratulations to our winners! We loved the interpretation ofContinue reading “September Theme Announced!”
Our second place for Natural Disasters goes to Abby Simmons. Balance – By Abby Simmons Once there was a man who had known great hardship, and great sorrow in his small world. He had gone from bad experience to bad experience, losing his farm lands, his home, his family, and everything he had known fromContinue reading “August Runner Up”
Our first place story for the Natural Disasters theme of August is Eóin Daedrik – congratulations! The Stopping – By Eóin Daedrik The Stopping is probably one of the easiest disasters in human history to pinpoint to the exact second when it occurred. At Craigmalloch, my current place of residence that teaters on the edgeContinue reading “August Winner Announced”
Thanks so much to those who submitted for our July competition last month, we had some dark and visceral poetry with a real zest for language, as well as some wonderful prose about the strange possibilities of our future world. We hope there is as much enthusiasm for our next month’s competition: Natural Disasters TheseContinue reading “August Theme Announced”
Our second place choice for this month goes to Bryan Thomas – well done! Sabra’s Story – by Bryan Thomas It is the first day of Avril in what would have been Annon Domini 2030 – now the year of the Little Deer – and the Sun is rising. ‘Hey, Sabra. Time to get up,Continue reading “July Runner Up”
Our first place award for the Adaptations of Survival category this July goes to Tabitha Lanyon – Congratulations! The Growing by Tabitha Lanyon Come kneel at the shore, child. Come write your mild prophecies on the border, mired among strange and restless scrap shackles screaming like paper chains from the houses on the cliffsides. CliffContinue reading “July Winner Announced”
We absolutely loved the submissions from June, featuring our first script, which we think would make an amazing and memorable advert on TV, and some superb poetry too. Having read your wonderful creative interpretations from last month, we are really excited toannounce the theme for July – Adaptations for Survival! Now this one has aContinue reading “July Theme Announced”
Our second place for this month goes to Denni Turp – congrats! Save the Cheerleader, Save the World – by Denni Turp 11 p.m. Mid-March. Another cold snap, and it’s wet and dark. Time for bed. But unexpectedly, she’s there, poised against the plughole in the bathroom sink, though not quite stilled, not yet asleep.Continue reading “June Runner Up”
Congratulations to our first place this month – Script for the Bees by Dara Naraghi
With an overwhelmingly successful may, featuring some wonderfully descriptive and haunting narratives, we are very excited to see what the next few months have in store! As we enter in to the summer months, and we begin to see bright blooming flowers and sunny days ahead, our next (rather appropriate) theme is Save The Bees.Continue reading “June Theme Announced”
Our second place entry for this month goes to Peter Kennedy – Congratulations! This mosaic-tailed rat says farewell – By Peter Kennedy Gun-happy sailors were a threat although it was not the jolly jack tars who pulled the plug on Bramble Cay. The last straw on my back happened far away from where I livedContinue reading “May Second Place”
Our Winner for the theme of Animal Perspectives is Madeline Bennett – Congratulations! The Great Horned Owl – By Madeline Bennett SUMMER It was the time of day when the rectangular lights of humans had just begun to outshine the sunlight’s remaining yellow when I saw him. He was sitting in a tall pose belowContinue reading “May Winner Announced”
Thank you to all those who submitted for our theme on Coral Reefs last month, we were very excited to receive our first creative article, and some beautifully tragic tales of corals that are crumbling under the weight of our humanity. Now, as we enter into the second trimester of Those That Breathe, the proceedsContinue reading “May: Animal Perspectives”
Our second favourite entry for this month was by Molly Hutchins – congratulations! The White Reef – By Molly Hutchins There is something mesmerizing about the ocean. The sound of the waves on the shore, the gentle caress as you swim, the peace that you feel when you first dip beneath the surface. There isContinue reading “April Second Place”
Our top entry for the Coral Reef theme this April is Ed Christmas – congratulations! Curtains – by Ed Christmas She looked up from the depths, towards the curtain shimmering in front of her, glancing around as she rose and stretched out of slumber. On one side, the palaces and grooves sprawled as far as theContinue reading “April Winner Announced”
Many thanks for our wonderful submissions last month, we had some great entries with some really creative interpretations on the topic of plastics. For the last of our sea-themed writing in honour of Oceana, our chosen charity this trimester, April’s concept is Coral Reefs. We’d love to hear some experiences of deep dives among coralContinue reading “April: Coral Reefs”
Our second favourite entry is awarded to Sul-Guöd – congratulations! Recycle me a plastic heart – Sal-Guöd ‘Abigail is all tucked in’ Liam said, softly sliding the bedroom door closed. ‘After all that time in the hospital, she still does that thing when she pretends to be asleep’ he smiled ‘and as soon as IContinue reading “March Second Place”
Our top entry for the Plastics competition goes to Naomi Potter – Congratulations! The Cleaners – By Naomi Potter “Do you know why they call it plastic surgery?”Rose glanced at him. They were both leaning against the railing. She was relaxed, knees and ankles loose, adjusting with ease to the dip and rock of theContinue reading “March Winner Announced”
We are off to a great start here at Those That Breathe, with some wonderfully creative entries for our Dystopian Futures last month. And not only did we receive some brilliant reads, we also received the entry fees that will go to a great charity. Over the next few days, we will be sending outContinue reading “March: Plastics”
Our second favourite entry is awarded to Richard Owen – congratulations! Legacies – By Richard Owen If there was anything they’d overlooked, they could always override the computer. They lacked the imagination to see the world as it would become, so they assumed that things would be broadly as they were at the time. TheContinue reading “February Second Place”
Our top entry for the Dystopian Futures category goes to Ellisif Wasmuth – congratulations! To the stars – By Ellisif Wasmuth Before,when I looked up at night,I would see a foreign world.A space of silent wonders,expanding and colliding and exploding and swirling,before us.Apart, and beautifulonly for us.Cold and vast,the rest of the universewas alien. ButContinue reading “February Winner Announced”
This first months competition is a good chance to warm up to the themes to come, and get our writing muscles flexing for a good cause. For our first submissions, we are looking for all things Dystopian. We want your tales of what the world might look like if Climate Change continues on it’s currentContinue reading “February – Dystopian Futures”
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