News and Notes 11-18

Dear Professor Kuhlken,

I write with an invitation to your students to enter the 2018 Futurescapes Writing Contest. This contest seeks to tap the future-facing vision of creative writers to help envision potential solutions to pressing public problems. Past contests have addressed issues such as accessibility and climate change. This year, the contest looks at the intersection of crime, homelessness, and substance abuse, and asks writers to envision a future city in which these issues have been successfully (or seemingly successfully) addressed.
More information about the contest is at
Winners will be published alongside professional authors such as Dan Wells, Fran Wilde, and Paolo Bacigalupi in the annual anthology. There is no entry fee for the contest, and the first-place winner will receive a $2,000 prize. All rights revert to the author one year after publication.
The anthology exists as a collection of art for its own sake, but is also distributed to mayors and other policymakers throughout the United States with the hopes that they may find inspiration as well as cautionary lessons from the collection.
I encourage you to please distribute this opportunity widely to students.
Luke Peterson
Office of New Urban Mechanics
Utah Valley University