Current Prompt

For the Spring 2017 issue of The Sponge, our theme is Science in the Spotlight:  calling for creative submissions (op-eds, poetry, photography, visual art, protest poster designs, etc.) showing how current political and social trends affect you as a participant in the world wide scientific community.

To spur your thinking consider this: From natural parks sanctity to air pollution restrictions, from climate change legitimacy to public trust in scientific institutions, peer-reviewed science and the preservation of nature has been called into question and put up for political and social influence to an unprecedented extent in 2017.  Now is the time for the global STEM community to voice their individual scientific priorities and perspectives, loudly.  We are looking for impassioned op-eds and poetry, exclaiming what we care about, for in this turbulent time we must direct the future progress of science or others will instead. Images speak as loudly as words, so we also want photographs of nature you love and demand protected, as well as visual renderings of your frustration.  Together we can make science a priority in the political realm.

Submissions that reflect real effort will be printed in our spring issue and published on this website. Email your submissions to by September 5th, 2017.