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Fiction Contest to Write-Away Ocean Trash

The Ocean Trash Write-away Short Fiction Contest challenges writers 25 and under to dream up a cleanup of our ocean and the systems that pollute them with heroes who will inspire scientists. Sponsored by Sapiens Plurum, Arizona State University's Center for Science & the Imagination, the Ocean Conservancy and Talk Like a Pirate.

Peterborough, NH, August 27, 2015 --( Starting today, young writers worldwide can vie to win a trip to Arizona State University’s Center for Science and the Imagination (CSI), in the Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest, sponsored by the tech educational advocacy group Sapiens Plurum. Sapiens Plurum and CSI have joined with the Ocean Conservancy and the Talk Like a Pirate (TLAP) folks to create a contest that would encourage the rising generation to envision themselves in control of their own destinies. They challenged young people and their teachers, around the globe, to create heroes who combat the influx of ocean trash that pollutes every major sea on Earth. The Ocean Trash Write-Away Short Fiction Contest began August 24 and ends on September 19, which is both the International Coastal Cleanup and Talk Like a Pirate (TLAP) Day.

Jeanne Dietsch, founder of Sapiens Plurum, says “Sci-fi dreams have inspired scientists and engineers for centuries. We’re challenging young people to climb out of the dystopic mire that’s pervaded their media and dream a better future.”

Ol’ Chumbucket of TLAP Day explains his support of the contest this way, “Aarrr! A pirate can't sail the seven seas if they're all choked up with plastic and trash.”

The International Coastal Cleanup, sponsored by The Ocean Conservancy, inspires millions of volunteers the world over, each year, to remove and record trash. Last year, they cleaned up 16 million pounds of coastal rubbish!

The Ocean Trash Write-Away Contest seeks 1500-3000 word entries, in English, from writers ages 25 and under. First prize will be a 4-day trip to CSI, at the Arizona State University campus in Tempe, AZ. The winner and their guest will meet with CSI researchers and leadership, visit labs and other environments at Arizona State University aligned with their intellectual and professional interests, and consult with top scholars and researchers. Other prizes include $500 in cash, t-shirts and certificates. Contest details may be found at

Sapiens Plurum (Latin for “wisdom of many”) is an advocacy organization whose mission is to “keep humans in the driver’s seat when cars drive themselves.” Sapiens Plurum News contextualizes tech advances and encourages pro-social applications. Learn more about Sapiens Plurum and Sapiens Plurum News at

CSI is a hub for optimistic, technically-grounded thinking, collaboration and storytelling. CSI engages in research, outreach and radical collaborations to reinvent our relationship with the future. Learn more about the center at

Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers citizens to take action on behalf of the ocean, with projects such as The International Coastal Cleanup. To join the Cleanup or learn more about the Ocean Conservancy, see

TLAP Day is the concoction of John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mike Summers, who one day decided that what the world really needed was a new international holiday, “Talk Like A Pirate Day.” For more information, see
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