UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch World Tales Short Story Competition 2020 for Teenagers | APPLY NOW

The UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch World Tales Short Story Competition 2020 is now inviting applications from interested candidates who are looking forward to applying for the competition.UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch World Tales Short Story Competition 2020 for Teenagers | APPLY NOW

The competition is looking forward to fostering imagination, resourcefulness, and ingenuity, UNESCO and The Idries Shah Foundation (ISF), and is launching the world Tales short story Competition work hand to hand with the international coalition of inclusive and Sustainable cities of UNESCO (ICCAR).

About the UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch World Tales Short Story Competition 2020

Presently, climate change, human rights violations, racism, conflicts, and discrimination are what part of so many factors that pose a threat to our present and future. In the face of adversity and the manifold consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic, encouragements need to be placed in young minds for them to discover innovative solutions. Young teenagers from around the world are offered an invitation to write about the challenges of tomorrow and today in form of a short story and share their perspectives. The theme of the 2020 first edition is titled “once upon a time in my future”.

Award

The prizes of the UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation launch World Tales Short Story Competition 2020 includes:

  • Three laureates- Gold, silver, and Bronze would get chosen from each of the seven national and regional Coalitions that make up ICCAR. All the 21 names would be announced this year December 2020.
  • Due to the COVID 19 pandemic, no conference at UNESCO Headquarters would hold as planned initially. However, all would get invited to be in attendance in an online Award ceremony in December 2020 and during the ceremony, the names of the seven gold-winning laureates would be announced.
  • Each of the laureates recognized as the winning laureates would be awarded an iPad.
  • The Idries Shah Foundation would make sure the work of the 21 laureates is published in a special hardcover book. It would feature all the winning short stories and some other honorable mentions, and it would be available in ePub format.
  • All the winning Laureates would get a copy of the book, and a personalized certificate
  • All the schools and cities of the 21 Laureates would be sent copies of the book and a set of ISF children’s books for the public libraries in their cities.

Eligibility

  • All participants are expected to be between the age of 12 and 18 years old (inclusive).
  • This competition is available to everyone who wishes to participate regardless of their nationality or city they reside in.

Criteria for Evaluation

The short stories would receive their evaluation basically from the degree of creativity and imagination. All participants would benefit from particular leniency for potential linguistic and grammatical mistakes.

How to Apply

All entries are expected to:

  • Be a short story of 250 to 500 words
  • Must be typed in English or French making use of Arial 12-point regular font;
  • Must be an original unpublished work of fiction;
  • Stories are to be about the potential for future societies to be fair, peaceful, inclusive, sustainable, resilient, and/or tolerant.

All entries are to be submitted to the worldtales@Unesco.org on or before October 15, 2020, at midnight (CET).

For more details about the competition, visit this link.

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