ISF-UNESCO AWARDS CEREMONY - 8 JULY
Join us live on Thursday, 8 July for the thrilling finale to our international short story competition, organised in association with UNESCO.
Each of our finalists will be joining us from around the world – from Ethiopia, the Netherlands, Ecuador, Mexico, Bahrain, India, South Africa, Australia, potentially even Palestine!
After the finalists have read their award-winning stories, we’ll announce who has won an ISF-UNESCO bronze, silver and gold bespoke medal. And they’ll get to find out which iPad they’ll receive – along with a bundle of Idries Shah children’s books for their school libraries and a copy of World Tales.
Saira Shah and Safia Shah will be co-hosting the event – so please join them this Thursday at 1200 GMT, 1300 UK, 1400 Paris.
Just follow this link: https://webcast.unesco.org/events/2021-07-WorldTalesCeremony/
You can now read all the finalists’ stories below by simply clicking on the PDF icons for each category.
- Once upon a time in my future by Nina Kotze (South Africa)
- We the Children Won! by Khitam al-Hissi (Palestine)
- Heat by Benjamin Se (Australia)
- Letter to the future by Adonna Woldeyes (Ethiopia)
- Dear Young Me by Tannistha Nandi (India)
- 76 Years at Sea by Lara Colville (Netherlands)
- No fear for the future by Martha Davey (United Kingdom)
- L'échange by Amalia Elisa Vallejo Tobar (Ecuador)
- After the tragedy by Gabriela Flores Guzmán (Ecuador)
- Virtual Reality by Minseo Kim (Australia)
- Dream Me A World by Yarden Harel (Israel)
- Is it scary? by Zoe García Narbaitz (Argentina)
- Human Not Strangers by Alexander E. Shu (Bahrain)
- Colours of Misfortune by Zarya Usman (United Arab Emirates)
- If You Were Here by Paola Méndez Sordia (Mexico)
Huge congratulations to the following writers, who have all earned an HONOURABLE MENTION for the exceptional quality of their stories!
- Full Circle by Kuseh Esther Ayarati (Ghana)
- Fire and Oranges by Marvellous Adelaja (Nigeria)
- Blackfidence by Nawal Sheikh (Kenya)
- Lily by Vanshika Chauhan (India)
- A Garden like Babylon by Kevin Leandro Hernandez Cerqueira (El Salvador)
- Awaiting an awakening by Chloe Olufunmilayo Ejisun (Nigeria)
- Survivors by Inyeneobong Vivian Priso (Nigeria)
- Once upon a time in my future by Tanaka Chapfunga (Zimbabwe)
- The Doomsday Clock by Mariel Julienne (United Arab Emirates)
- A Traveller’s Journey by Bao Tran Huy Duc (Vietnam)
- Sophia and the bears by Anastasia Sukhoverkhova (Ukraine)
- A Necessary Impossible by Chloe Uzoukwu (Switzerland)
- Just another Refugee by Khadija Qazi (United Kingdom)
- The Answer by Geraldine Scarlett Rodríguez Coronado (Ecuador)
- Once upon a world through my eyes by Mishkat Zaheer (United Arab Emirates)
- Evaporated by Oshadha Perera (New Zealand)
- The road to restoration by Shrabasti Chakraborty (India)
- A transition into the past by Zoe To (Canada)
- The Pizza Craving by Ayushi Mittal (India)
- The Price of Change by Katia Clement (Australia)
- Joy by Maya Elle Russell (South Africa)
We are pleased to grant a SPECIAL COMMENDATION to Women of Ireland by Alice O’Mahony (Ireland) which, despite being a poem instead of a short story, moved the Jury unanimously by its beautiful prose.
Published on: Jul 06, 2021