Expats and Spanish alike on Spain’s Costa Blanca North are being encouraged to express their experiences, concerns and hopes in the midst of the coronavirus crisis with the launch of a new Literary Award.
THE Rotary Club International Alfaz del Pi has launched the initiative to encourage the community to express their ‘personal experiences, desires, joys and hopes for the future in these times of uncertainty.’
The project is aimed at people over 16 years old who live in the Marina Baixa area and invites short novels, stories, essays and poetry in Spanish or English.
Entries must be submitted in digital format (word) and not exceed 4,000 words.
The organisation also stipulates that all entries must be original and unpublished.
Entries should be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org including the title, your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address before September 1.
The jury’s decision will be announced in December and three prizes will be awarded in each of the languages, both in the prose and poetry categories, which will consist of diplomas and trophies.
The club said: “In short, this is an initiative that aims to encourage people to express, through literary creation, their experiences and concerns that have arisen during the period of confinement.”
Established in May 2017, the International Rotary Club Alfaz del Pi set itself the goal of “promoting tolerance, talent and peace through various activities promoted throughout the year, with a commitment to serve the community, education and the most disadvantaged sectors.”
Initially, the club started with a group of 20 people from different parts of the world, a number that has continued to grow. Today it’s made up of representatives from countries such as the UK, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Venezuela, Guatemala, the Netherlands, Mexico and Cuba.