Forecast Your Future Submissions

The year is 2070. Climate change has reshaped the American West. What does your hometown's scenario look like – 50 years out? Scientific prediction or science fiction? Give us your best forecast about how such phenomena have affected your community or region. Risk it all for publication and prizes. Submit up to 200 words, or an art conception, about your region's future by July 1.

The top 3 winners of the essay contest will win an Osprey Hikelite 26 backpack and be published on the High Country News website (and maybe even in the print magazine!). Forecast Your Future stories is sponsored by Osprey Packs.

By hitting submit on this form, you agree to the rules in the fine print below.

Personal Information: Contestants name and email will be shared with Osprey.
Winner selection: The winning essay will be chosen by the High Country News editorial staff and may be included in the print magazine or website.
Rules: By submitting content to High Country News, you grant us royalty-free and non-exclusive license to reproduce, modify, adapt and/or publish the content at our discretion. Authorial attribution will be retained.
You are entirely responsible for the content submitted and for any dispute and/or damage(s) that might arise from such content. This is the case regardless of whether the content in question constitutes text or photographs. By making the content available to us, you represent and warrant that:
• The downloading, copying and use of the content will not infringe the proprietary rights, including but not limited to the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights of any third party;
High Country News, without limiting any of those representations or warranties, has the right (though not the obligation), in sole discretion, to refuse or remove any content that, in our reasonable opinion, violates any policy or is in any way harmful or objectionable.
High Country News staff members may not contribute entries to the contest.