Artificial Intelligence Commission

Artificial Intelligence Commission

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The Centre for New Writing is pleased to announce its latest commission: Artificial Intelligence.


The winner of the AI commission is Kevan Manwaring. He will write a series of micro-fictions in the disenfranchised voices of AIs. The pieces will explore issues of sentience and digital rights. The arc will explore AIs' nascent consciousness in the struggle to be 'seen' and ‘heard’. The commission will be given an inaugural reading and a date and update will be provided shortly.


We wish to commission a writer to help researchers to allay public fear about the development of artificial intelligence technologies. Science fiction has traditionally has painted an Orwellian picture of new technologies. Much dramatic representation, too, envisages brave new worlds where robots murder the last humans on earth. None of this helps researchers who wish to develop these

Jeremy Levesley
Jeremy Levesley

technologies for the public good. It affects the uptake of potentially life-saving technological solutions to everyday challenges. The technology to alert the emergency services when an elderly person falls, for example, is cheap and readily available. Devices for tracking where patients with dementia are could also save time, money, and anxiety. Why is such technology not being used? Working closely with Professor Jeremy Levesley and his team, the commissioned writer will explore the public understanding of artificial intelligence and promote its uptake for improving the quality of life. It is hoped that this will only be the start of such collaboration, as the challenge is significant, but the potential benefits considerable.

The commissioned writer will produce a short story, short poetry sequence, monologue or piece of narrative non-fiction which will be featured in a pamphlet about artificial intelligence, introduced by Professor Levesley. The pamphlet will be distributed to target audiences and we hope that the writing will help to reshape attitudes towards artificial intelligence across a number of sectors.

The fee is £150.

How to enter:

1. Write a cover letter of no more than 400 words. The letter should contain:


  • your contact details (phone and email)
  • a concise statement about your writing experience, listing main publications
  • if appropriate.explain briefly how you envisage approaching the commission.


2. Enclose a creative writing sample of no more than 2 pages of A4. Any entries which contain more material than this will be discounted.

3. Send your cover letter and creative writing sample to Corinne Fowler by Friday March 31.

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The Centre for New Writing
School of English
University of Leicester
Leicester, LE1 7RH

Dr Corinne Fowler

Deputy Directors:
Dr Harry Whitehead
Mr Nick Everett

Project Manager:
(Colonial Countryside)
Kevin Ncube

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