I’ve grabbed this info straight from the Arc website. Sorry it’s a bit late but I’ve been busy escaping snow and finishing my entry.
Arc, in collaboration with The Tomorrow Project, is looking for new, original stories – between 3000 and 5000 words – set in the near future. What do we mean by that? Near enough to be recognisable, but not so near as to be boring. Technology, in whatever guise – from robotics to synthetic biology to geoengineering – should feature prominently, but we’re looking for stories, not theses, and the human element will have to be compelling. The current theme for submissions is THE FUTURE ALWAYS WINS.
You’ll find our own approaches to that theme throughout Arc 1.1. Distinctive, thoughtful visions inspired by this theme are more likely to be successful, so it’s very important that you follow the first rule of writing and read the magazine first! Issue 1.1 also explains the nature of the Arc-Tomorrow Project collaboration, which you might find useful too.
Arc’s editors will select one story for publication in the next issue, due out in May. We will pay £500 for that story and £200 for each of five shortlisted stories.
You retain all rights over your story until it’s selected as a winner or is shortlisted, at which time we’ll ask you to sign Arc‘s standard fiction agreement. The Tomorrow Project may also ask to use shortlisted stories to stimulate conversations about the future on its own website. All entries must adhere to the competition’s general terms and conditions. Entries must be received by 23:59 GMT on 8 April 2012 and only one submission is allowed per entrant.
The Arc/Tomorrow Project collaboration has been made possible by the sponsorship of Intel.