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 US drone strike policies cause considerable and under-accounted-for harm to the daily lives of ordinary civilians, beyond death and physical injury. Drones hover twenty-four hours a day over communities in northwest Pakistan, striking homes, vehicles, and public spaces without warning. Their presence terrorizes men, women, and children, giving rise to anxiety and psychological trauma among civilian communities. Those living under drones have to face the constant worry that a deadly strike may be fired at any moment, and the knowledge that they are powerless to protect themselves.

Write a piece of fiction in which the central protagonist lives under threat of drone strikes. You may deal with the day to day, or examine what it might be life for people who have grown up under a long term drone presence.  It can be set in any place or time, and does not have to draw from the current headlines, although it can if you like.


Announced: May 5th 2013

Submission Date: May 12th 2013

Short List: 13 May – 18th May 2013

Winner Announced: 19th May 2013

Word Count: 400 – 800

Prizes: $100

Eligibility: Open to everyone


 —- UPDATE —-

This Week’s Short List

The Delivery by Joey To

If It Rains… by Debb Bouch

Daily Life by Emily Dickey

Drone in the Qalk by Vishnu Priya Vemulapalli

Drone by Kris Cerneka

Red Eyes by Vannessa Ho

When Angels Become Demons by Adrian Collins

Apples And Hand Grenades by Bobby Moreno

Life And Death In The Shadow by Amber McGlothlin

Here Comes The Rain, Again by Jason Fink

Drones by Matthew Hall