Creative Contests
UNESCO and Idries Shah Foundation

Short story competition for teenagers

Age: 12-18

Deadline: October 15, 2020

With the aim to foster imagination, resourcefulness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation (ISF) launch the World Tales Short Story Competition in close collaboration with the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO (ICCAR). 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.

The theme of this 2020 First Edition is “Once upon a time in my future”.

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 December 2020. All will be invited to attended an online Award ceremony in December 2020 during which the names of the seven Gold winning laureates will be announced. Each of these Gold winning laureates will be awarded an iPad.

The Idries Shah Foundation will publish the work of the 21 laureates in a special edition hardcover book. It will feature all winning short stories and honorable mentions, and will be made available in ePub format. All winning laureates will receive a copy of the book, and a personalized certificate.

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