The international jury of the youth literary contest “A Sea of Words” has announced the 10 best stories of its 15th edition, which this year received 45 short stories by youth from 25 different Euro-Mediterranean countries.
This programme creates spaces for intercultural encounters between young people in order to promote exchanges of experiences and ideas between peers, identify shared values in the region and transcend stereotypes that tear us apart. By doing so, it aims to equip young people with tools so they can play a relevant role in future societies and actively promote the values of diversity and co-existence in the Euro-Mediterranean area.
The 10 award-winning authors will be invited to take part in several activities in Barcelona on 25th and 26th November 2022, such as a creative workshop at the Sala Beckett (a centre for theatre-related creation, training and experimentation), a guided tour of Barcelona, and cultural activities like a concert on the occasion of the Day of the Mediterranean celebration.
The contest “A Sea of Words” is co-organised yearly by the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation. This year’s edition was devoted to the role of youth in pushing forward gender equality. Short stories are a tool that enables an exercise in introspection, expressing profound convictions, experiences and imaginaries. This form of literature can reflect the personal views of the authors or their societies. It can promote women's right to fight against inequality across the Euro-Mediterranean region.
Award-winning stories from the 2022 edition
- Fatiha Nesrine Boukhorssa (Algeria) – Omnia’s silent scream
- Azra Zahirović (Bosnia) – I didn’t want to live
- Tereza Truckova (Czech Republic) – The 1st thing we need to do to fight gender inequality
- Ilaria Lorusso (Italy) – Come (non) vivere in un acquario
- Muhammad Tawfiq Abu Farda (Jordan) – Oriental flower
- Tijana Rakocevic (Montenegro) – Give birth to me
- Amer K. Almassri (Palestine) – One does not equal one Palestine
- Asad Gabi Rahji (Syria) – Stories seeking shelters
- Mohamed Gabsia (Tunisia) – My last letter
- Aziza Sebai (Tunisia) – They stole my body