Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Writers and wanna-be writers: Want to win a million bucks? Start writing your cli-fi novel now

PRESS RELEASE - US$1 million literary prize for CLI FI novels set to
begin in 2020


contact: Dan Bloom / danbloom@gmail.com

US$1 million literary prize for CLI FI novels set to begin in 2020

-- Climate activist and visionary Dan Bloom sets his eyes on a new
prize for cli fi novelists worldwide --

NEW YORK -- Self-styled literary provacateur Dan Bloom is not one to
rest on his laurels. After creating and popularizing the rising new
genre of cli fi (novel and movies about climate change and global
warming) and pushing the meme into the pages of the New York Times,
Time magazine and NPR, Bloom is not organizing an international
literary prize for climate novels with a cash award of US$1 million.
The awards program is set to start in 2020 with prizes handed out
every 5 years for the next 100 years.

The preliminary planning and organizing work is now. Bloom, 65 and a
1971 graduate of Tufts University (where he majored in ''world
literature''), is in a hurry. But he is also patient.

"Patience is my middle name," he says with a spark in his eyes. "I've
still got some time left on Earth. (Bloom had a heart attack in 2009
and lives with a stent now, in addtion to popping 10 cholesterol,
diabetes and angina pills a day). "Life unfolds day by day. But this
Earth of ours, old as it it and pristine as it used to be, is running
out of time, due to climate change and global warming. So in that
sense, I'm in a hurry. A slow, patient hurry!"

Bloom calls himself a deep-green climate activist and literary
theorist who woke up to the existential threat of a future
Climapocalypse in 2006. "Before then I wasn't really paying attention.
Now I am, 7 days a week, 24/7. I live, sleep and dream cli fi issues
and ideas. And this is the most meaningful work I've ever done in my
life, even though I don't have a salary or an office for this. I work
on my own time out a small internet cafe and rent the email machines
for an hour or two every day."

Bloom is calling his award program "The Nevils" and here's why.

He is naming the awards in honor of the great British-Australian
novelist Nevil Shute, who wrote the 1957 novel ON THE BEACH, which was
also made into a movie a few years later, and which helped galvanize
world opinion against nuclear war and the terrors of a nuclear winter.
Bloom is hoping that a powerful climate-themed novel published within
the next 100 years, and the sooner the better, might help galvanize
world publuc awareness of the need to fight climate change and global
warming on head with tough, strict measures that might not be
comfortable but which just might win the battle.

The Nevil Shute International Literary Awards for Climate-themed
Novels is the official title of the event, but for short Bloom is
calling them "The Nevils," after Nevil Shute's first name.

"This is a war of words," Bloom says, "a war of emotions and empathy
for future generations. It is my hope that these awards will serve as
important wake up calls every five years for the next 100 years."

The funding? "Everybody asks," Bloom says, again with a spark in his
eyes as if he can see the future. "I am going by the Hollywood movie
line from FIELD OF DREAMS that "if you build it, he will come," but I
am changing the line to "if you build it, they will come," and by THEY
I mean the sponsoring groups and the philanthropists who will back
this prize event every five years."

Bloom says he is hoping that the media attention and publicity
surrounding his prize event will bring people who can make it happen
to him, philanthropists Pierre Omidyar and Steve Tisch, both fellow
alums of Tufts, and political donors like Tom Steyer and Larry Page of

Bloom says he is now scouting for a jury of academics, scholars and
literary critics, and a university to hosts the awards program and
several cities around the world to serve as hosts of the live-TV
awards ceremony every five years, beginning in 2020. Cities such as
Sydney, London, New York and Toronto are being considered.

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