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It’s All Trumped Up Essay Contest 2016

It’s All Trumped Up Essay Contest 2016

Trump’s dramatic entrance into American politics sets the scene for global tragedy. His life, a maelstrom of pretty lies, construction supplies, and gold bricks, is Shakespearian. Daily he is the buffoon—representing the absolute worst in us, a cowardice that denies us the better parts of ourselves as Americans. Writers have a long history of holding the idiotic and powerful accountable. When the mainstream media fails, it has been the brave poets and novelists who have skewered the gilded.  Now is the time to wield the pen.

Trump won’t just affect the daily lives of many of the citizens of the United States. His hot temper and idiocy will ultimately impact every corner of the world.

Let your imagination run wild. We’re looking for everything from speculative fiction based on real possibilities to the fantastic.

What are the results of giving this much power to a megalomaniacal baby?

You tell us.


We are seeking speculative fiction that explores what four years of a Trump presidency would do to America and the world. Writers should submit stories ranging from his absurdity to the impact of his politics on the disenfranchised, our international friends, and world peace.


We are academics who see this book as a way to express the fear of a Trump presidency and lampoon his dangerous hysteria.  Paul has a Ph.D. in Digital Media from Georgia Tech, produced and hosted the Science Fiction Lab on WREK Atlanta 91.1 FM for a decade, and has some experience in editing and publishing. Josh is a Ph.D. student in Digital Media, has run a successful digital humanities startup and has a Masters in Writing and Publishing from DePaul University.


1st = $100

2nd = $50

3rd = $25.

All other accepted authors will receive $10 and 4% of sales.


August 31, 2016


  • We strongly encourage submissions from outside the United States.
  • Feel free to submit a story in a language other than English. We will do everything we can to get it translated. But, if you’d like to submit the story in your native language and provide a translation, we would super love that!
  • Word count is 3,000 words. Stories should be short and sweet. Winners and stories will be selected through a double-blind submission process. We will review submissions, as they are received.
  • Book details: 10 stories + foreword and afterword. Initial distribution as e-book with a print-on-demand option. Depending on interest there may be a small print run.
  • Book will be released on or before September 8 as an e-book. We will promote the book to as many channels as we can access (that’s a bunch).
  • Authors will retain the rights to their stories. We will ask for the rights to print the stories, as part of this collection, as both an e-book and a print book. We may contact individual authors about additional rights for pre-release or follow up projects.
  • To submit, create an account and continue with your submission


Visit the organizers’ official page for more information


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