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"Under One Sky" Short Story
Competition is Launched

26 November 2018


Astronomy education activity in Bayan-Ölgii province, Mongolia. July 2014. Credit: Sze-leung Cheung

We are pleased to invite students worldwide to take part in the IAU100 written contest “Under One Sky”.

The IAU values the engagement of young scientists in its activities. This competition is aimed at stimulating your creativity and imagination, by soliciting short written stories related to the themes 'Under One Sky' and 'Inspiring Stars'.

Participants will get a chance to attend the IAU100 Flagship event in Brussels, Belgium. The IAU100 Under One Sky Event will take place at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels (Belgium) on 11-13 April 2019. The event will feature dedicated sessions with high-level representatives and prominent astronomers, with a focus on astronomy for diplomacy and peace, development, education, outreach, arts, and its involvement with the high-tech industry.

Contestants can be students from anywhere in the world of the following programs:

  • Bachelor students of any field

  • Masters students in Astronomy

  • PhD students in Astronomy

All types of stories (of no more than 150 words) can be submitted, including personal stories, short sci-fi tales, fables, anecdotes, essays, short dialogues, etc. Submissions are to be developed within one of two categories:

  1. Under One Sky: this category comprises stories showing the potential of astronomy to bring people together.

  2. Inspiring Stars: this category comprises stories showing the important role that astronomy could play for inclusion, equity and diversity.

For each category the following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st Place: Travel covered to Brussels and Hotel for 1 person for 3 nights, to participate in the International Astronomical Union 1919-2019: 100 Years Under One Sky flagship meeting and read the story during the ceremony on April 11 2019;

  • 2nd Place: Registration fee and partial support to attend 1 IAU Symposium in 2019 or 2020 (up to 500 Euros);

  • 3rd Place: Telescope Celestron Firstcope

All participants that will be on the top-5 short-list for each category will receive a certificate and will be invited to attend the Brussels meeting (at own costs).


All stories must be submitted to the competition by no later than Tuesday, 15 January 2019, at 11:59 p.m. (CET).

To learn more about the competition and to submit a story, please visit our competition page.


Bethany Downer

Coordinator of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event


Jorge Rivero González

IAU100 Coordinator

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