1 January 2020.





Stories of the Nature of Cities 2020 City in a Wild Garden.

They aspire to green cities around the globe—cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just. What does this mean? They created the prize to imagine and explore visions of how people, nature, and cities might join (or not). The partners and sponsors of the Nature of Cities Prize for Urban Flash Fiction are happy to announce seven prize winners and a book, a collection of 57 stories from 23 countries, published by Publication Studio in May 2019, with an introduction by Dr. Ursula Heise, Professor of Literature at UCLA.

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The Nature of Cities is an international platform for transdisciplinary dialogue and urban solutions. they curate the sharing of diverse, transformative ideas about cities as ecosystems of people, nature, and infrastructure. They are committed to the design and creation of better cities for all: cities that are resilient, sustainable, livable, and just.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • writing.

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

late 2020 or early 2021.

 A larger number of stories will be included in a book to be published (in late 2020 or early 2021)

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • the story have to be 750 words or less, not including the title (i.e., “sudden fiction” or “flash fiction”);
  • you have to be successfully submitted to the organizers no later than 1 January 2020.
  • the story to have be submitted via the contest’s web-based form;
  • the story have to be set in a city (the notion of “city” may be liberally interpreted);
  • the story have to  include as significant plot elements both nature and people.
  • the story have to  be submitted in English.
  • the story have to be an original work by the submitter, to which he or she holds the rights.
  • the story have to be previously unpublished, not under consideration in other contests, and remain so during the duration of the contest;
  • the story have to not be racist, sexist, homophobic, gratuitously violent, or otherwise offensive.
  • the story have to  Individual authors (under actual name or pseudonym) may submit no more than one work.
  • you must be at least 16 years old as of 1 January 2020.
  • Don’t forget: the theme of the contest is “city in a wild garden”, but this is not a formal “rule”.
  • be written by a person of any nationality or country of residence.
  • be of any style or genre of fiction (realism, surrealism, sci-fi, magical realism, dystopic to utopic).
  • be set in any location.
  • be set in the future (near or far) or present.
  • There are no limitations on the plot or action of the story, other than those mentioned here;
  • visit to see some of the issues that motivate us. At TNOC,
  • They are very interested in imagining cities in which nature and people co-exist, cities in which the relationships between the human-made and the natural are imagined differently.

Opportunity Cost

( Award )

  • 1st place stories receives $2,000.
  • 2nd place stories receive $1,000.
  • three third prize stories receive $500.

How to Apply

First Step: Submit your story from here .

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This Scholarship Published by:
Asmaa Essam/ Egypt

Reviewed by” Rahaf Elkhodary/ Egypt
MARJ3 Intern
MARJ3 Scholarships team