Think Tank Calls for Short Mil-Fiction

Editors at the Center for International Maritime Security, a Maryland-based non-profit independent think tank, are calling for short-story fiction (1,000 to 5,000 words) to explore defense and foreign policy challenges. Submissions are due Dec. 2, 2019. Successful submissions will be published on the CIMSEC website Dec. 9 to Dec. 13, 2019.

The editors write:
Fiction has long served as a powerful means for exploring hypotheticals and envisioning alternatives. As a regular annual feature, CIMSEC will be publishing a week’s worth of short stories that look to explore conflict and competition through fiction.  Authors can explore the future, and flesh out concepts for how potential conflicts may play out. They could probe the past, and use historical fiction as a device to explore alternative histories. Authors are invited to submit their stories along these lines and more as they craft their compelling narratives.
Full details regarding the 2018 Fiction Week can be found on the CIMSEC website here.

Previous examples of successful stories can be seen in previous CIMSEC Fiction Week coverage, as well as another short-fiction contest co-sponsored with The Atlantic Council:
Dmitry Filipoff is CIMSEC’s director of on-line content. Contact him via e-mail: content AT cimsec DOT org

Membership in CIMSEC is free to interested and qualified professionals. the organization comprises more than 800 members in 30 countries.

The organization's mission is:
To build a global community of professionals, academics, and forward thinkers from a variety of fields who wish to further international maritime peace and security through an exchange of ideas and the rigor of critical thought and writing.

CIMSEC pursues this mission through internet forums, collaborating with similarly motivated organizations, sponsoring and hosting events, developing publications, and connecting individuals.
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