Student Literature Contest

About the Contest

Deadline: June 1, 2023​

The ALIFE 2023 Organizing Committee cordially invites all students to attend the ALIFE 2023 Student Literature Contest. This contest is open to all students. Students from any country and discipline are welcome. 

This ALIFE 2023 Student Literature Contest has very simple rules. Students should create a literature work that must fit on an A4 page and should be readable when printed. There are no limits for the form and genre (poetry, prose, short story, graphic novel, comics, letter, drama, science-fiction, fairy tale, essay, journalism, calligram...). We only ask that the submission be written in English. Your piece must be your own work, not the work of others. Evidence of plagiarism will have your work removed from the competition. Please indicate if AI has been used. 

The authors must submit their works as a single pdf (format A4) through the submission form by June 1, 2023.​

It must be related to the artificial life field or the ALIFE 2023 conference theme "Ghost in the Machine".

The literature works will be awarded in 2 categories: (i) The best literature work related to artificial life, and (ii) The best literature work related to ALIFE 2023's conference theme "Ghost in the Machine".

Awards will be announced at the closing ceremony of ALIFE 2023 conference. We keep the prizes as a surprise for all awardees.​ The ALIFE 2023 Organizers offer a limited number of Student Conference Scholarships. Shortlisted students attending this Literature Contest can be awarded a virtual conference free ticket.


Jitka Čejková studied chemical engineering at University of Chemistry and Technology Prague, where she successfully defended her doctoral degree in 2010. She currently works as Associate Professor in the Chemical Robotics Laboratory at UCT Prague. Her research focuses on how chemical engineers can contribute to artificial life research. Artificial life is the study of artificial systems that exhibit the behavioural characteristics of natural living systems. She focuses on the investigation of organic droplets with life-like behaviour and recently she proposed to call such droplets “liquid robots”. She is active in science communication both in the Czech Republic and abroad. She focuses primarily on popularization of research in the area of artificial life and the etymology of the word robot, which comes from Czech.  She is the editor of MIT Press book Karel Čapek's R.U.R. and the Vision of Artificial Life.

Olaf Witkowski is the Founding Director of Research at Cross Labs, and an Executive Officer at AI company Cross Compass Ltd. His laboratory works towards a better understanding of the universal principles of intelligence in any substrate, the origins and future of intelligence in the universe, evolvable protocols between agents, and mathematical theories of awareness. He co-founded multiple research and technology ventures worldwide, including Cross Labs in Kyoto (hybrid intelligences), YHouse in New York (emergence of consciousness in the universe), and CSAS in Kathmandu (AI and the Self). He is also a lecturer in information sciences and Artificial Life at the University of Tokyo, and an affiliated researcher at the Tokyo Institute of Technology and Hokkaido University. He was elected Vice President on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Artificial Life (ISAL) since 2021.

If you have any questions, please send us an email to and start the subject of your email by [LITERATURE CONTEST ].

In 2021, we have organized 2021 ALIFE Student Essay Competition which was focused on essays and the conference theme "Robots: The century past and the century ahead".