Release: Futurescapes Writing Contest Winners

Six Winners’ Stories to Help Shape the Future of Cities

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Futurescapes Contest!

First Place: “The Unnatural,” by Annalee Flower Horne of Silver Spring, Maryland.

Second Place: “White Space Blues,” by Kate O’Conner of Okemos, Michigan.

Runners Up:

“With Her Blessing,” AmyBeth Inverness of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“It Takes a Village,” Kevin Jesse of San Antonio, Texas.

“Decide with Hyde,” By David Bruns of Shakopee, Minnesota.

“Blue Stratus,” by Amy Mrotek of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The winners will be published alongside professional authors including, Malka Older, Anjali Sachdeva, and Andre Norton & Compton Crook Award winner and Nebula Award-nominee, Fran Wilde, in the anthology, Futurescapes: Cities of Empowerment.

The anthology, created and sponsored by the Office of New Urban Mechanics at Utah Valley University – a civic innovation office in partnership with the cities of Boston, Philadelphia and cities throughout Utah – is meant to turn the future-facing vision of science fiction writers toward solving major civic problems like civic engagement and accessibility. As such, copies of the anthology will be provided to mayors, city managers, members of Congress, and other major civic leaders throughout the United States. The anthology will be published in late April.

For further questions about the contest, the anthology, or the Futurescapes Project, contact Luke Peterson: or 801-863-8899.