For the 2nd year the Atlanta Sci-fi Film Festival is bringing back the Sci-fi Writers Scope! This year, we are celebrating the reissue of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower (April 30th) and Parable of the Talents (August 20th) with an Essay Competition. Winners will be announced during the panel, along with excerpts of their essay. Women in Sci-fi panel discussion, New Robotics Presentations and More! This event will take place in September 2019. More details TBA
Parable of the Sower
August 1, 2019
Parable of the Talents
or Both Books
September 1, 2019
All deadline times end at 12:59PM EST
Essay submissions may focus on either Parable of the Sower or Parable of the Talents, or both novels together.
Deadline for Submissions: Sower - Aug 1st |Talents and both books due Sept 1st (11:59PM EST)
Octavia E. Butler’s Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents, originally published in 1993 and 1998 respectively, seem more prescient than ever, with given this contemporary moment. Indeed, set in the 2020s—a decade that is fast approaching—Parable of the Sower presents Lauren Oya Olamina and her perilous gift of hyperempathy, the ability to experience the feelings of other living beings in her own body. Her empathy for all forms of life, compels her to create a quasi-religious belief system called Earthseed, and she goes forth sowing the seeds of her creed and developing a new community called Acorn, whose purpose is to seek new worlds. Olamina’s story and legacy are continued in Parable of the Talents. Butler further explores the setting of a dystopian United States under the grips of “Christian America,” a Christian fundamentalist regime led by a character who seeks to “make America great again.” Marked by its intensifying oppression and violence against women, anti-scientific sentiments, escapism via virtual reality (VR) headsets, and the reinstatement of slavery, this society seems on the precipice of (or perhaps has already fallen into) unfreedom.
Essay submissions may focus on either Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Talents, or both novels together! While you may choose to write an essay about topics other than those listed below, the ASCIFFF invites essays with a focus on (but not limited to) the following themes:
The title is not to be counted in your word count. Essays should not exceed 1200 words, in English language only!
Line Spacing & Fonts - Approximately 2.5 pages single-spaced or approx. 5 pages double-spaced. Use Verdana 12 pt type or Plain text. And please make sure the text is black (no fancy colors please) and readable.
Title your essay and include the city/ state of where you reside. Previously published works, in whole or in part, will not be accepted. All essays are limited to writers currently residing in the United States.
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