Atwood and Future Library launch writing competition

Atwood and Future Library launch writing competition

Margaret Atwood and Future Library will run a writing competition via online writing site Wattpad to mark the author being the first person to add her work to the Future Library project.

Next Tuesday (26th May), Atwood will add her manuscript to a specially designed room in the Deichmanske Public Library, which is opening in 2018 in Bjørvika, Oslo, where it will remain hidden until 2114. The Future Library project, devised by Scottish artist Katie Paterson, will see a new writer submitting a manuscript to the project for the next 99 years. In 2114, 1,000 trees that have been specifically planted for the project will be cut down and turned into paper to print an anthology of all the submitted books. Atwood’s submisson to the project will be filmed on live streaming app, Periscope.

The contest will also open on Tuesday. It will ask users to write a story using the same title as Atwood’s Future Library contribution, which will be announced on that day.

Atwood, who often shares her work on Wattpad, said: "I'm excited to see what the Wattpad writers will make of my title for my Future Library text. There should be a lot of creativity and variety!"

The competition winners will be announced in mid-June.

Atwood also wrote about her involvement with Future Library on the site. She said: "As a child, I was one of those who buried treasures in jars, with the idea that someone, some day, might come along and dig them up... That is what the Future Library is like, in part: it will contain fragments of lives that were once lived, and that are now the past. But all writing is a method of preserving and transmitting the human voice."