This sub-plenary explores different ways that speculative and science fiction (SSF) are used not only as a source of visions and imaginaries for scientists, engineers and others, but also as a method and device for STS scholars to engage with interlocutors during fieldwork and with wider audiences. More details can be found on the conference website and in the December 2021 EASST Review.
The aim of the sub-plenary is to stimulate the (individual and collective) EASST imagination through paying attention to and engaging with poetic, literary and artistic renderings of techno-scientific futures.
To help realise this aim and to simulate your imaginations, we are organizing the first-ever short story, flash fiction, and poetry competition for EASST members. Winners will be announced during the conference. There will be prizes. Winning entries will be published in EASST Review.

Competition rules  
Please read the rules carefully before submitting your entry.

  • The competition is open to all EASST members.
  • All entries must relate to the theme of the conference: The politics of techno-scientific futures.
  • The closing date of the competition is midnight (CET), 16 May 2022.
  • There is no limit on the number of entries a single entrant can make.
  • Entries will not be returned, so please keep a copy.
  • Under no circumstances can alterations be made to poems or stories after they have been submitted.
  • All entries must be the entrant’s original work.
  • Entries may be single or multiply authored.
  • Entries must not have been published, self-published, published on a website or made public on social media, broadcast or featured among the winners in another competition before 15 July 2022.
  • All entries should be sent to this email address:
    Entrants will receive confirmation of their submission.
  • The competition organisers reserve the right to change the judging panel without notice and not to award prizes if, in the judges’ opinion, such an action is justified.
  • The judges read all the entries; their decisions are final.

Additional Rules: Poems

  • All poems must have a title and must not exceed 40 lines in length (excluding title).
  • Poems may be in any form or style, serious or humorous, including experimental and concrete/visual poetry, found text and erasure, prose poems, etc.
  • Poems can be in any language.

Additional Rules: Flash Fiction

  • Flash fiction must have a title and not exceed 250 words in length (excluding title).
  • Flash fiction must be in English.

Additional Rules: Stories

  • All stories must have a title and must not exceed 4000 words in length (excluding title).
  • Stories must be in English.

Rules: Winners

  • Prize winners will be notified by 15 June 2022 and invited to the awards event to be held during the conference (exact time and date to be decided).
  • We cannot contact all entrants individually. Thus no communication from the judges means that your entry has not won, but thank you for participating.
  • Copyright of each poem remains with the author/s. However, authors of the winning poem, flash fiction, and story, by entering the competition, agree that their entries will be published by EASST Review. After this, winners may seek further publication.


  • Deadline for entries: midnight (CET) 16 May 2022
  • Prize winners informed no later than: 15 June 2022
  • Winners will be announced during the EASST conference in Madrid July 6-9, 2022 (details of session to be confirmed when programme announced)
  • Winning entries will be published in the conference issue of EASST Review (September 2022)