InsideOut Story lab seeking science-inspired stories, poems, and sketches

The Learning InsideOut Story Lab invites submissions to their latest collection, Science on the Move. Submit original short stories and black-and-white sketches that spark curiosity about Arctic research.

This collection, Story Lab’s fifth, aims to make science accessible and culturally relevant while sparking inquiry into STEM for justice-impacted populations across the state.

Accepted stories will be shared through StoryCube dispensers, portable printers from global publisher Short Édition, offering stories at the push of a button. Additionally, the collection will be shared at the UAF Arctic Research Open House on Thursday, May 18, 2023.

Suggested themes include:

  • personal or community experience with climate change
  • thought experiments
  • stories from the field or lab
  • highlights of humans behind the science
  • global research having local impact
  • instances of overcoming discrimination in science
  • science or climate fiction
  • poetry or haikus
  • philosophy of science and your work
  • doing science with limited resources
  • hunting, foraging, and farming technologies

Submissions must be previously unpublished, online or in print, including on personal websites. Work must be a maximum of 7500 characters, including spaces (approximately 1750 words). For formatting poetry, keep in mind that the story dispensers print on paper that can hold only 40 characters per line. Comics, sketches, and drawings will be printed in grayscale.

Submissions are due by Sunday, May 14. Please send questions or draft submissions to: Learn more on the InsideOut website.