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Futurescapes at Capitol Reef

Futurescapes @ Capitol Reef

June 14-16, 2018

An exclusive workshop with top authors and agents, set against the rugged beauty of Utah’s Capitol Reef National Park.

Futurescapes Writing Contest

2018 Writing Contest

Cities of Promise

An international writing contest designed to change the world for the better. No entry fee, $2,000 first prize.

Futurescapes in the Aspens

Futurescapes in the Aspens

April 16-18, 2018

An international workshop with top agents, editors, and authors in Science fiction/Fantasy serving as leaders and mentors.

Futurescapes at Capitol Reef

June 14-16, 2018

Dan Wells

New York Times bestselling author Dan Wells is best known for his horror series I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER, of which the first book is now an award-winning movie through IFC Midnight. His other novels include THE HOLLOW CITY, a supernatural thriller about schizophrenia, EXTREME MAKEOVER, in which a beauty company destroys the world, and two young adult science fiction series: the post-apocalypse PARTIALS and the cyberpunk MIRADOR.
He has written for television, and wrote and produced the horror comedy stage play A NIGHT OF BLACKER DARKNESS. He cohosts the Hugo-winning podcast for aspiring writers called Writing Excuses, which has expanded to include its own writing conference. He also writes short fiction and game fiction, and edited the anthology ALTERED PERCEPTIONS to help raise funds for and awareness of mental illness. Dan lives in northern Utah with his wife, 6 children, and more than 400 boardgames.

Larissa Helena

Larissa is an agent with Pippin Properties.
She previously served as an Executive Editor and translator at Rocco in Brazil, but she moved to New York with a visa as an “Alien of Extraordinary Abilities in Publishing,” which was awarded to her by the US Government. A few months later she came to Pippin as the Manager of Subsidiary Rights and Associate Literary agent.
She is actively seeking to build her client list. Larissa loves middle-grade and YA equally, and is crazy about sci-fi and fantasy. Nothing makes her happier than when a book actually makes her laugh.

The Workshop

The Futurescapes Writers’ Workshop at Capital Reef is a small, exclusive workshop offering writers the chance to work with top authors and agents in speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy, paranormal, etc.). Each student will work in small groups of students with each faculty member.

Set against the rugged beauty of Capitol Reef National Park, students will also experience stargazing in one of world’s clearest night skies, and learn worldbuilding while hiking terrain as alien as Mars. 

Small Critique Groups with Amazing Faculty

Highly Selective – You Must Apply & Be Accepted

Learn Worldbuilding while Exploring One of the World’s Most Remarkable Spots

Apply Early – Seating is Limited to less than 20 Participants

Applications are Open!

Early Bird Deadline is May 6, 2018

Early Bird April 6 - May 6

($390 for alumni of  any major writing conference/workshop)

Regular | May 7 - June 3


| 1 Full-Tuition, Need-Based Scholarship is Available |

Writing Contest

2018 Theme

For 2018, the Futurescapes Contest theme is “Cities of Promise.” We’re seeking stories set in a near-future city where significant strides have been made toward addressing the complex intersection of homelessness, mental health, and drug and sex trafficking.

This topic is both more narrow and more convoluted than themes chosen in the past. As such, beginning towards the end of April, we will provide links here to a set of articles that explore the complex dynamics involved. It is highly recommended that contest entrants review these articles before starting their story in order to ensure they are covering new ground, and working from the best information we have today.

We want to see your vivid ideas and concepts, but don’t forget the basics of story: strong voice, compelling characters driven by real desires, facing serious obstacles that sum to an engaging plot and story. Also, please avoid making a message story. If it feels to “on the nose,” then it is. We want a great story rather than a moralizing essay with some story elements.

You need not paint us a utopia – we don’t really believe in those. We believe that at any given time, depending on individual perspective, every city has dystopian and utopian aspects. The key is to show us a solution, but don’t strip it of realistic political, scientific, or logistical obstacles, and don’t neglect the possibility and ramifications of unintended consequences from even the best solution.

Dan Wells (see bio above from the Futurescapes at Capitol Reef Workshop) will serve as judge and lead contributor to this year’s anthology

What We’re Looking For…


Works of short fiction up to 8,000 words, written in accordance with this year’s theme.


Compelling stories that explore the nuance of technology, science, politics, and/or policy, without forgetting about plot and character!


Stories that show us both the positives and negatives of this possible future.


Stories that can provide a road-map for cities, states, and nations to follow.


Stories that may be built in a rich and full world, but that manage to show us the reality of a single city, neighborhood, and/or life.


Stories worthy of the $2,000 prize for first place, and  $500 prize to each of the five runners-up.


Stories that, when placed in the hands of a mayor or governor, could change the course of the future.

Contest Rules






  1. No entry fee is required to submit one (1) entry to the contest. However, an author may opt to submit a second story for consideration in the contest for a fee of twenty-four dollars ($24).

  2. By entering the contest, contestants acknowledge that they have read the instructions.

  3. Prize money constitutes compensation to the winning authors in exchange for the purchase by the contest of exclusive print and electronic rights of the story for a period of one (1) year following the first date of publication of the story.

  4. All entries must be original works written in English. Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated.

  5. Professional authors are not eligible to enter the contest. A professional author is defined as someone who has accepted payment and/or signed contracts for published fiction in the amount of either; a) four paid published works of short fiction at a minimum average compensation rate of 6 cents per word with a total compensation of at least $1,000; or b) a work of long fiction (40,000 words or greater) for which the author was paid at least $2,500 in compensation.

  6. Entries must be works of prose not to exceed 8,000 words in length.

  7. Excessive or gratuitous violence, language, or sexual content will not be tolerated.

  8. The story must be written on and conform to the official theme of the contest year. The theme for the 2017 contest year is: Blue Sky Cities.

  9. All entries must be submitted electronically through the submission form available on the contest website.

  10. Entries must be double-spaced, follow standard manuscript format, with the title and page number on each page. The entry should include a cover page listing the author’s name. The author’s name should appear nowhere else in the document.

  11. Each contestant may submit only one entry per contest year.

  12. The prizes for the contest shall consist of one (1) first place prize in the amount of $2,000, and five (5) runner up prizes in in the amount of $500 each. As noted, prize money is considered compensation in exchange for the purchase of story publication rights by the contest. As such, compensation will consist of a minimum amount of $.0625 (6.25 cents) per published word.

  13. Winners will be individually notified by contest staff.

Enter the Contest

Contest Deadline is October 21, 2018

Futurescapes in the Aspens

The 2018 Sundance Workshop is closed

Dates for Futurescapes in the Aspens

to be Announced in May, 2019

The Workshop

The Futurescapes in the Aspens workshop offers writers the chance to work with top authors, editors, and agents in speculative fiction (science fiction, horror, fantasy, paranormal, graphic novels, etc.). Each participant will be paired with three faculty mentors (usually an author, editor, and agent).

The 2018 Workshop Faculty


Martha began her career at Richard Curtis Associates before founding Martha Millard Literary Agency in 1980. She joined Sterling Lord Literistic in 2015. She has worked with a wide variety of authors of both fiction and non-fiction and has a particular interest in well-written science fiction, and crossover fiction, representing many Hugo and Nebula and Shirley Jackson Award-winning authors, including William Gibson, Michael Swanwick, Allen Steele, Naomi Kritzer, Cadwell Turnbull and Elizabeth Hand among many others. YA titles she has represented include a National Book Award Finalist and Prinz Award-winner and a series by multi-British SF Award-winner Ian McDonald. Nothing makes her happier than working closely with an author to build a career, except possibly selling an author’s first book. She is a graduate of Drew University and is the mother of two daughters. She is a running enthusiast and has run the New York City Marathon and dozens of other races, from 5Ks to half-marathons.

Martha Millard
Agent | Sterling Lord Literistic
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Deidre Knight established The Knight Agency in 1996 after working in the film and television industry. In the past twenty-two years, she has built a dynamic, bestselling client list, placing more than a thousand titles in fiction categories including sf/fantasy, romance, suspense, women’s fiction, and mystery. Her recent sales include books placed with Penguin Random House, St. Martin’s, Simon and Schuster, and HarperCollins. Her clients have appeared on every major bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal. She’s a New York Times bestselling author in her own right, having published twenty novels with houses such as Penguin Random House and St. Martin’s Press.

Deidre Knight
Founding Agent | Knight Literary Agency
Alison Fisher

In 2016, Ali began acquiring and editing YA and middle-grade fiction for Tor Teen. She is especially interested in epic fantasy, supernatural horror, psychological thrillers, and stories that combine clever comedy and the paranormal. She's looking for provocative, atmospheric, and emotionally-authentic stories with a supernatural element. Ali is a fan of, ``whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so I’d love to see anything told in a smart, funny voice. Bonus points for insightful social politics, underrepresented characters, and Pacific Northwest-like settings.``

Alison Fisher
Acquisitions Editor | Tor Teen
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Elizabeth Bear was born on the same day as Frodo and Bilbo Baggins, but in a different year. She is the Hugo, Sturgeon, Locus, and Campbell Award winning author of 30 novels (The most recent is THE STONE IN THE SKULL, an epic fantasy from Tor) and over a hundred short stories. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband, writer Scott Lynch.

Elizabeth Bear
Author | Karen Memory, Stone in the Skull
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Scott Lynch is the New York Times & International bestselling author of the Gentlemen Bastards series. He has been nominated for the World Fantasy Award, the John W. Campbell Award, and is a winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Award from the British Fantasy Society. Lynch was born in 1978 in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to being a freelance writer for various role playing game companies he has done all the usual jobs writers put in their bios: dishwasher, waiter, web designer, marketing writer, office manager and short-order cook. His first novel, The Lies of Locke Lamora, was an international success and he now writes full-time.

Scott Lynch
Author | Gentlemen Bastards Series
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Seth joined The Gernert Company in 2010 after beginning his career as an agent at Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc. Born in Midland, Texas, he graduated from Princeton University and earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England. His interests are wide-ranging, but in particular he's looking for the new voice, the original idea, the entirely breathtaking creative angle in both fiction and nonfiction. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and son, and is the author of two books of YA fiction and three forthcoming picture books.

Seth Fishman
Agent/Author | Gernert Company Literary
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Navah Wolfe is a Hugo and Locus Award–nominated editor at Saga Press, where she has edited critically acclaimed novels such as Borderline by Mishell Baker, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss, and Barbary Station by R.E. Stearns. She is also the coeditor, along with Dominik Parisien, of Robots vs. Fairies and The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, which won the Shirley Jackson Award and was a finalist for the World Fantasy, British Fantasy, and Locus Awards, and contains a Hugo and Nebula Award–winning story. Her books have won the Tiptree Honor, and been finalists for the World Fantasy, Nebula and Stoker Awards. In 2017, Navah was selected as one of Publishers Weekly’s Rising Stars. Navah was previously an editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, where she worked on many bestselling books including some that have won awards such as the Printz Honor, the Pura Belpré Award, the PEN/Faulkner Award, the Stonewall Book Award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Schneider Family Book Award. In her past life, she has worked as a bookseller, a rock-climbing-wall manager, and a veterinary intern at a zoo. She lives in Connecticut with her husband, two tiny humans, and one editorial cat. Find her on Twitter at @navahw

Navah Wolfe
Editor | Saga Press (Simon & Schuster)
Thao Le

Thao Le is a literary agent at the Dijkstra Agency since 2011. She is currenlty looking for Young Adult, Middle Grade, Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy, and select Historical/Fantasy Romance.

In general, she loves beautiful literary writing with a commercial hook and tight plotting. She is actively seeking underrepresented voices (including, but not limited to, all ethnicity, sexual orientation, mental and physical health, and socioeconomic status) to her client list.

Thao’s recent sales include: NYT bestselling author Roshani Chokshi’s new YA trilogy The Gilded Wolves (Wednesday/St. Martin’s), NYT bestselling author Sandhya Menon’s From Twinkle, With Love (Simon Pulse), K.A. Reynolds’s middle grade debut The Land of Yesterday (Harper Children’s), Elle Katharine White’s sequel Dragonshadow (Harper Voyager).

Thao Le
Agent | Sandra Djikstra Literary Agency
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Matthew J. Kirby is the critically acclaimed and award-winning author of the middle grade novels The Clockwork Three, Icefall, The Lost Kingdom, Infinity Ring Book 5: Cave of Wonders, and The Quantum League series, the Dark Gravity Sequence, and the Assassin’s Creed series, Last Descendants. He was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start, he has won the Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery, the PEN Center USA award for Children’s Literature, and the Judy Lopez Memorial Award, and has been named to the New York Public Library’s 100 Books for Reading and Sharing, and the ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults lists.

Matthew Kirby
Author | The Clockwork Three; Assasin's Creed Book Series
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DongWon Song has worked in the publishing industry for the past ten years, as an agent, an editor, and a digital bookseller. He is an agent at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency representing science fiction, fantasy, YA, science, food, and pop-culture. He also likes making things out of wood. He lives in Portland, Oregon where it does not rain nearly as much as people say.

DongWon Song
Agent | Howard Morhaim Literary Agency

Hugo-award winning author, Mary Robinette Kowal is a novelist and professional puppeteer. Her debut novel Shades of Milk and Honey (Tor 2010) was nominated for the 2010 Nebula Award. In 2008 she won the Campbell Award for Best New Writer, while three of her short fiction works have been nominated for the Hugo Award: “Evil Robot Monkey” in 2009 and “For Want of a Nail” in 2011, which won the Hugo for short story that year. Her stories have appeared in Strange Horizons, Asimov’s, and several Year’s Best anthologies.

Mary Robinette Kowal
Author | Glamourist Series, Ghost Talkers
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Fran Wilde’s novels and short stories have been nominated for two Nebula awards and a Hugo, and include her Andre Norton- and Compton-Crook-winning debut novel, Updraft (Tor 2015), its sequels, Cloudbound (2016) and Horizon (2017), and the novelette “The Jewel and Her Lapidary” (Tor.com Publishing 2016). Her short stories appear in Asimov’s, Tor.com, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Shimmer, Nature, and the 2017 Year’s Best Dark Fantasy and Horror. She holds an MFA in poetry, an MA in information design and information architecture, and writes for publications including The Washington Post, Tor.com, Clarkesworld, io9.com, and GeekMom.com. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, and at franwilde.net.

Fran Wilde
Author | Bone Universe Series