ISF-UNESCO STORY COMPETITION
ABOUT THE ISF-UNESCO SHORT STORY COMPETITION
Storytelling is a cornerstone of The Idries Shah Foundation’s mission to promote human potential. UNESCO and The Idries Shah Foundation are delighted to announce the World Tales Story Competition, a global initiative encouraging young people to address human challenges present and future. Climate change, rights violations, racism and war are among the many threats we face. What innovative solutions might young minds invent? Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives in either English or French. The theme of this 2020 First Edition is ‘Once upon a time in my future’. The short stories will be evaluated primarily on their degree of creativity and imagination. Participants will benefit from a particular leniency for potential grammatical and linguistic mistakes.
Who is eligible?
Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old (inclusive).
Three Laureates – Gold, Silver and Bronze – will be selected from each of the seven national and regional Coalitions forming ICCAR. All twenty-one 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).
The Idries Shah Foundation will publish the work of the twenty-one laureates in a special edition hardcover 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 personalised certificate. Schools and cities of the twenty-one laureates will receive copies of the book. Cities of the seven Gold-winning laureates will also receive a set of ISF children’s books for their public libraries.
FIND OUT HOW TO ENTER
• Short stories of 250 to 500 words;
• Typed in English or French using Arial 12-point Regular font;
• Original unpublished works of fiction;
• Stories on the potential for future societies to be fair, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant.
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