2023 Competition (closed)

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.

There will be awards for the best Welsh language story and English language story.

The first-prize winners will receive a cash prize of £400.

The winner and runners-up of the English Language will be considered for publication in Interzone and IZ Digital and will receive a 6-issue print subscription to the magazine.

The winner and runners-up of the Welsh Language competition will be considered for publication in Gwyllion magazine.

The Judges

Sue Burke is a translator and science fiction author. Her novels Semiosis and Interference imagine how sentient plants might communicate and how English might evolve in an intergalactic civilization. She has published short stories for Clarkesworld and Asimov's Science Fiction. She received the Alicia Gordon Award for Word Artistry in Translation and was shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke award.

Competition Rules

Submission: Please email your story to Seán Roberts (RobertsS55@cardiff.ac.uk). You attach your story as a Word or pdf file, and also include a signed consent form (GDPR compliance so we can store your email address to contact you about the results).