‘A Sea of Words’ International Competition of Short Stories and Tales

Deadline: May 25, 2013

The Anna Lindh Foundation in partnership with the European Institute of the Mediterranean have put out a call for application for the 6th International Competition of short stories and tales “A Sea of Words”.The competition is aimed at producing stories or short stories fousing on solidarity and citizenship issues with the purpose of showing different sensibilities and realities lived at the Euro-Mediterranian region from the citizens’ point of view.

Eligibility and rules

  • The contest is open to youths from 18 to 30
  • Contestants must be citizens of one of the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area.

Format of the works

  • The stories cannot exceed the maximum length of 2,500 words
  • They can be written in any of the official languages of the participating countries.
  • They must be original and wholly unpublished works.
  • The short stories must address issues related to intercultural dialogue, mainly of a political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental nature.


  • The winners of the best 15 stories will be awarded with the publication of their work
  • They will engage with the awards ceremony which will be held on Monday 16th September 2013 in Barcelona and another Spanish country.
  • Following the awards ceremony,15 winning youths, along with the members of the jury, will participate in a forum of debate on the issues covered and their literary quality, which will be complemented with other cultural activities.

How to Apply

  • All stories must be sent to the following e-mail address: [email protected]
  • The authors must include their personal details within the stories submitted (complete name, nationality, address, date of birth, telephone number and e-mail).


Participation in the contest implies surrendering to the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation the copyright of the work entered into the contest. The Anna Lindh Foundation and the IEMed reserve the right to publish and use the works received for future activities.

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