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Taking Submissions: 2100 A Health Odyssey Contest

December 1, 2018

Deadline: December 1st, 2018
Prizes: A first prize of $10,000 and second prize of $5,000 will be awarded. Runners up and other prizes will also be awarded

Children born today will likely welcome in the next century. The care they receive and health they enjoy throughout their lives will be radically different than what we experience today. But how? We invite you to help us explore the question:

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What could health and care look like in the U.S. in the year 2100?

Science fiction writing asks a central “what if…?” question that challenges us to imagine what could be. It gives us a sense of possibility, ignites innovation, exercises the imagination, and fosters a more active relationship with the future.

What if we took these principles and applied them to the future of health care? Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing. Thomas Jefferson University is partnering with Kaleidoscope Health & Care to spark discussion about where health and health care in the U.S. is going through 2100: A Health Odyssey – an international science fiction short story competition on how health and health care will impact lives in the year 2100.

Your job: give us your best 3,000-word short story that challenges today’s assumptions about the future of health care in the U.S. We’re offering a first prize of $10,000, second prize of $5,000 and other prizes for runners up and current employees, students and alumni of Jefferson.

With Jefferson’s passion for creative expression through writing, we will use your science fiction contribution as the lens through which we explore creativity in health and health care — in novel and impactful ways — to propel innovation and inform future perspectives.

Remember: 2100 is sooner than we all think … and the submission deadline, even sooner: December 1, 2018

Our elite group of final round judges include internationally recognized leaders on healthcare, the arts, technology, and innovation: Priya Agrawal, Seth Berger, Donald Goldmann, Joelle Pineau, Carla Pugh, and Collen Wyse.

Dr Klasko shares how science fiction offers a unique perspective for the future of health care.


  • Must be aged 18 or over
  • Must not be directly linked to any individuals associated with the competition organizers or the judges. This does not apply to employees or students who are associated with Jefferson as part of their usual student or employee status
  • Entrants can be from anywhere in the world
  • Do not have to be a published writer to enter

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Short story topic:

  • Applications must consider how health and care might look in the US in the year 2100. Please ensure your story makes explicit reference to being set in the US
  • Science fiction is regarded as ‘the literature of ideas’, and it is with this broad consideration that we expect submissions to explore the future of health and health care in the US in 2100

Applications must:

  • Be in English – submissions can be translated into English, but are still subject to rules on previously published work in their original language
  • Not exceed 3,000 words (there is no minimum word limit)
  • May be co-authored with a maximum of 2 authors (the lead author must submit a single entry)
  • Be submitted as an Adobe PDF document with a file size of no more than 15Mb
  • Have text double spaced and sized 12 point
  • Not include artwork or other visual elements, such as graphs or tables
  • Not feature the name of the applicant anywhere within the document or in the title of the document file.
  • Have the word count written at the end of the submission.
  • We do not require citations but reserve the right to ask for them.


  • Are limited to one per person
  • Must be entirely the work of the entrant, unless it is a joint submission (please refer to “Applications” above)
  • Must not have been published previously, online or in print, including personal blogs
  • Must not be entered into another competition before the announcement of the shortlisted entries
  • Must be submitted by 23:59 EST on December 1, 2018
  • Will be read and judged anonymously
  • Will not receive feedback
  • Are subject to the judges’ decision – the judges’ decision is final
  • Automated entries, third party entries or bulk entries are not allowed.

Publication rights

  • By entering the competition, as the author, you are agreeing to your short story being published.
  • The copyright will remain with the author, provided that the author grants Jefferson a non-exclusive, irrevocable, perpetual license for Jefferson or its assigns to publish, print, reproduce, distribute, translate (or allow others to translate), perform, and display the work alone or as part of a compilation, as well as produce derivative works, by any means and in any media now in existence or otherwise. Further, the author grants Jefferson the right of the first publication rights. Jefferson intends, but is not obligated to, publish the stories as soon as the competition winners are announced. The author agrees that Jefferson is not responsible for protecting the work from misuse or copyright infringement by others. Accordingly, the author indemnifies and holds harmless Jefferson in all matters regarding copyright.

Jefferson will disqualify applications at any point should they not adhere to these rules.

‘2100: A Health Odyssey’ is compliant with the Data Protection Act, and we will not pass on your details to any third party without your prior consent.

If you have any questions, please visit our FAQ Page.
We will update the FAQs regularly. Contact us if you have a new question, and we’ll update the FAQ page so everyone can read the answer.

VIa: 2100 Health Odyssey.


December 1, 2018