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 fee.
- The entries will be used in research in the Climate Narratives project (option-out possible).
- Write to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
- 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