The international prose contest is dedicated to the great Sardinian writer, Grazia Deledda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926. Her masterpiece, Canne al Vento, or Reeds in the Wind, was set in the village of Galtellì, so the location and theme are particularly notable.
Writers from around the world are invited to enter their unpublished written submissions, of up to 5,000 words. In addition, applicants must include a cover letter outlining why they believe their piece dovetails with Grazia Deledda’s work.
The top five selected writers, plus two selected writers for the Sardinian language category, will be invited to Sardinia for workshops and lectures from 23rd-25th June 2017. The eventual winner will then be officially announced at the end of that weekend.
In addition to a cash prize of €1,000, the winner will receive up to €1,000 for travel expenses to Sardinia, as well as publication. Runners-up (to fifth place) will also win travel expenses and publication, and a separate prize fund for the winner (€1,000 prize, up to €300 travel expenses and publication) and runner-up (travel up to €300 and publication) in the Sardinian language is also available.
During its first running in 2015, the contest attracted worldwide entries, from countries including the United Kingdom, United States, Canada, India, Israel, Australia, Egypt, Ghana, Pakistan, France, Germany, Portugal, Singapore, Zambia, Hong Kong, and Italy, to name a few.
The deadline for submissions is April 15th, 2017, and the shortlist will be officially announced on 20th May 2017.
The contest will be judged by a prestigious international jury, and members of the judging panel will be announced in course. More information can be found by http://www.galtelliliteraryprize.com
About Grazia Deledda
Grazia Deledda was born in Nuoro in 1871 and died in Rome in 1936. Almost an autodidact, she devoted her life to describing the Sardinian populace between the nineteenth and the twentieth centuries, portraying their harsh lives and combining the imaginary and the autobiographical. The Nobel Prize in Literature was awarded to her “for her idealistically inspired writings which with plastic clarity picture the life on her native island and with depth and sympathy deal with human problems in general.”
Galtellì (Sardinian: Garteddì) is a Comune (municipality) in the Province of Nuoro in the Italian region Sardinia, located about 140 kilometres northeast of Cagliari and about 25 kilometres northeast of Nuoro. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 2,452. Galtellì borders the municipalities of: Dorgali, Irgoli, Loculi, Lula, Onifai, Orosei.
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