Climate Fiction

Defining climate fiction is no easy task. The climate crisis is so intrinsic to our societies and our place on Earth that there is an argument to say, as Nishant Batsha does, that ‘all fiction is climate fiction now’. At its heart, climate fiction can be thought of as stories that engage, in some way, with the climate crisis and our response to it. Whether that be grand, sweeping narratives portraying societal responses to a shifting world climate, or an intimate portrait of one character’s response to their local environment, any story in which our changing global climate is an inciting element is climate fiction.

Climate fiction is not a genre in and of itself but rather a lens through which to view literature – how is the preeminent challenge of our times reflected in the fiction being written today? How does fiction allow us to explore our individual and collective response to the crisis? And what impact can climate fiction have?

The Prize was founded to provide a focal point for these discussions and crystallise fiction tackling the climate crisis in the public consciousness. Any fiction genre might fall under the climate fiction umbrella, much as all human experience will be shaped by the crisis unfolding around us.