In order to encourage the youth of the world against the present threats that linger on the humankind like climate change, human rights violations, racism, UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation (ISF), in collaboration with ICCAR, launched ‘World Tales Short Story Competition.’
ICCAR or International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO is a global 500+ cities network. It empowers local decision-makers by promoting dialogue, advocacy and joint action towards inclusive urban development free from any form of discrimination.
The Idries Shah Foundation (ISF) is a British charity dedicated to bridging cultures through the power of stories. Afghan thinker and Writer Idries Shah was himself a proponent of teaching stories or narratives created as a vehicle for the transmission of wisdom.
‘World Tales Short Story Competition’ is a global short story writing competition with the theme of its first edition of 2020 as “Once upon a time in my future.” Teenagers are supposed to write a story of future perspective, in the fiction genre.
To be eligible, the participants must be between the age of 12 to 18 and should belong to ICCAR partner countries like India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, China, etc.
Participants must keep in mind that the stories:
· should be of 250 to 500 words;
· must be typed in English or French using Arial 12-point Regular font;
· are original unpublished works of fiction only;
· are on the potential for future societies to be fair, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant.
The deadline for submission to email@example.com is 30 April 2020 at midnight (CET). Evaluation of the story will be based on creativity and imagination in the writing, there will be no harsh judgement over grammatical and linguistic mistakes.
The three Laureates — Gold, Silver and Bronze — will be selected from each of the seven national and regional Coalitions forming ICCAR. All 21 names will be announced on 30 June 2020.
The seven Gold winning laureates will be invited to attend a high-level conference and award ceremony on 21 September 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France). Also, the ISF will publish the work of the 21 laureates in a special edition hard-cover book. It will feature all winning short stories and honourable mentions and will be made available in ePub format. All winning laureates will receive a copy of the book and a personalized certificate. Schools and cities of the 21 laureates will receive copies of the book, too. Cities of the 7 Gold winning laureates will additionally receive a set of ISF children’s books for their public libraries. Hurry up, participate now!
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