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Writing Competition: Dis/solution

Write your story about the climate crisis in a poem or a personal essay

  • The competition is open for entries from all countries.
  • Participants must be 18–25 years (born between 01.01.1999-31.12.2005)
  • Entries must be in English. Original language may be attached.
  • Entries cannot be published anywhere prior to the competition.
  • Essay: Maximum 1700 words in English.
  • Poem: Maximum 700 words in English.
  • Participants may only enter the contest once in each category.
  • One poetry winner and one essay winner will each receive euro 2000.
  • All entries must be submitted no later than 15 October 2023.

The competition is a collaboration between the Bergen International Literary Festival (LitFestBergen), the research project «Climate Narratives» at University of Bergen / Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research and the Rafto Foundation for Human Rights.

  • The poetry and the essay winner will be announced during LitFestBergen, 7-11 February 2024.
  • Sessions at the festival will include participants and jury members.
  • A selection of the best entries will be published on the homepages of Climate Narratives and LitFestBergen, and in a printed publication. 
  • Selected participants will be invited to a workshop prior to the festival.
  • All writers selected for publication will receive a payment.
  • The entries will be used in research in the Climate Narratives project (option-out possible).
  • Write to for inquiries.
  • Address: Bergen International Literary Festival, Litteraturhuset i Bergen, Østre Skostredet 5-7, 5017 Bergen, Norway
  • By submitting your essay and/or your poem, you give permission to the organizer to publish it in any form related to the contest. Ownership of the work remains with you.

The jury: 

  • Nnimmo Bassey, Nigeria: Environmentalist, Rafto prize laureate, architect, and poet
  • Tishani Doshi, India: Poet, dancer, and author 
  • Teresa Grøtan, Norway: Director of Bergen International Literary Festival and author
  • Daniel Medin, France/USA: Professor of Comparative Literature, The American University of Paris, editor, and writer
  • Kerim Nisancioglu, Norway: Head of the project «Climate Narratives» and Professor of climate Dynamics, Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research, University of Bergen
  • Pivinnguaq Mørch, Greenland: Poet and author
  • Larry Thomas, Fiji: Director of Oceania Centre at the University of the South Pacific, playwright, filmmaker, and writer
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