MAYDAN CREATIVE ARTS CONTEST
“FLOATING VOICES 2020” – SECOND EDITION
The Oxford dictionary defines solidarity as: unity or agreement of feeling or action, especially among individuals with a common interest; mutual support within a group. In light of the global challenges we are facing, particularly the Covid-19 pandemic, and the effect it is having on democracy, freedom of movement, borders, solidarity and citizenship, as well as the difficulties related to preserving real facts from fake representations, we thought it would be opportune to provide a “Maydan narrative” by young people from across the Mediterranean region in this historic moment. The pandemic has indeed illustrated how interconnected humanity truly is and the intricate relationship between issues such as health, climate and migration.
During the month of October there are many special days that unite us and indicate the importance of solidarity among all peoples: World Teachers Day, the International Day of Non-violence, World Mental Health Day, World Homeless Day, Global Dignity Day, the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. In particular, in 1972, the United Nations General Assembly decided to institute a World Development Information Day coinciding with United Nations Day on October 24th. The General Assembly had the objective of drawing the attention of world public opinion each year to development problems and the necessity of strengthening international co-operation to solve them.
It seems, therefore, an appropriate month to launch the challenge to youth across Europe and the southern shore of the Mediterranean to tell their story of Solidarity Without Borders.
“We’ve learned that if we connect with one another on the human level, if we look beyond the stereotypes and populist frames in politics and media, there is the empathy and solidarity which is so much needed in times of crisis. For this, we need human stories; we need narratives about who we are, what we share and how our common destiny will look like. Not just in our local neighbourhoods, but on a global level as well.” (Mark Snijder, writer, editor, researcher & Maydan member – from Maydan’s “Pandemic Stories”.)
ARE YOU A YOUNG CREATIVE WRITER, POET, GRAPHIC NOVELIST OR PHOTOGRAPHER? DO YOU DREAM ABOUT GETTING YOUR WORK PUBLISHED OR VIEWED AND CONTRIBUTING TO BUILDING SHARED IDENTITIES AROUND THE MEDITERRANEAN?
PARTICIPATE IN THE 2020 SECOND EDITION FLOATING VOICES CREATIVE ARTS CONTEST, ORGANISED BY MAYDAN ASSOCIATION.
SOLIDARITY WITHOUT BORDERS is the theme of the contest, which has been chosen aiming at:
- Promoting knowledge of the socio-political, cultural and economic complexities of the Mediterranean and neighbouring countries, particularly in this pandemic era, and
- Strengthening relationships and sharing dreams among young citizens on both shores of the Mediterranean and beyond.
CONDITIONS for participation in the call are:
- People aged 16 to 30 on the date of the deadline for submission of texts/images.
- Submissions must take inspiration from the contest theme.
- Texts must be in one of the languages spoken in the Mediterranean region. In case the story/poem/graphic novel is in language other than Arabic, English, French or Italian, a brief summary in one of the four languages indicated will be required; likewise, photo captions explaining the images link to the theme should be in one of these four languages.
- Only one submission per person will be accepted.
- Prose stories must not exceed 2,500 words, poems no more than 1,000 words, short graphic novels no more than 15 pages, and photographs must have a caption.
HOW TO MAKE A SUBMISSION:
Stories & poems must be sent in Word format, graphic novels and photographs in jpeg format to the address: email@example.com. The message must include the submission title together with the author's personal details: name, telephone number, postal address, e-mail and date of birth. The signed waiver form should also be attached (EN -- FR -- AR -- IT).
DEADLINE: 5 December 2020 is the deadline for submission of original works in the languages indicated.
WINNERS: An international jury will examine the works, and select eight winners:
- a) Two prose submissions – one from the north shore and one from the south,
- b) Two poetry submissions – one from the north shore and one from the south,
- c) Two graphic novel submission – one from the north shore and one from the south, and
- d) Two photograph submission – one from the north shore and one from the south.
During this selection process, the jury will take into account: the narrative quality of the short stories, poems, graphic novels and photographs; the age of the author; and how the experiences/situations recounted relate to the theme of Solidarity Without Borders.
ANNOUNCEMENT: Winners will be announced on 28 December 2020.
AWARDS: Winners will participate in an awards ceremony in Reggio Calabria, Italy: a Mediterranean crossroads, home of Maydan Association and host of two editions of SabirFest, a festival celebrating Mediterranean culture and citizenship. Partner in the ceremony will be “Progetto Mediterranea”, an association of activists with a passion for the Mediterranean and creator of the “Mediterranean Flag”, which will be raised for the first time in Reggio Calabria during the event.
ABOUT THE 2019 EDITION:
a.More information about the award ceremony at this link.
b.More information on the competition notice on this page.