Climate change, human rights violations, conflict, racism and discrimination are among the many threats to our present and our future. Faced with adversity, young creative minds must be encouraged to find innovative solutions.
In order to foster imagination, inventiveness and ingenuity, UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation (ISF) launch the Short story contest “World tales” . Young adolescents around the world are invited to write about the challenges of today and tomorrow in the form of a short story, and to share their perspectives.
The theme of this first edition for 2020 is: “Once upon a time in my future” .
Who can participate?
Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old and reside in a city that is a member of the Coalition International of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR).
How to participate in the Competition?
Entries must be:
- short news of 250 to 500 words;
- typed in English or French Arial size 12 font;
- original and unseen fiction;
- stories about the possibility for future societies to be just, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, durable and / or tolerant.  Download r the complete rules of the Competition
Attention: Please note that entries that do not meet all the conditions will not be accepted.
The deadline for sending entries to town halls is April 30, 2020 at midnight (CET).
The news will be mainly judged on their creativity and imagination.
Participants will benefit from a particular indulgence for their potential grammatical and linguistic errors .
Three laureates – Gold, Silver and Bronze – will be selected for each of the seven National and Regional Coalitions which form ICCAR. The names of 21 winners will be announced on June 30, 2020.
The seven winners in first position in their Coalition will be invited to attend a high-level conference and an awards ceremony on September 21, 2020 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris (France).
The Idries Shah Foundation will publish the work of each of the 21 laureates in a special edition hardcover book, with all the new winners and honorable mentions, which will be available in ePub format.
Their cities and the schools of the 21 laureates will receive copies of this special edition book. The cities of the first 7 laureates will also receive a set of children's books from the Idries Shah Foundation for their municipal libraries.
The “Tales from the World” short story competition is funded by the Idries Shah Foundation.
About the UNESCO International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR)
ICCAR is a global network of more than 500 cities . It empowers local decision-makers by encouraging dialogue, advocacy and joint action for inclusive urban development free from all forms of discrimination.
ICCAR is made up of seven national and regional coalitions . Each Coalition responds to specific priorities and challenges defined in a ten-point Action Plan. This Plan is made up of ten commitments covering various fields of competence of municipal authorities such as education, housing, employment and cultural activities. More on ICCAR
About the Idries Shah Foundation
The Idries Shah Foundation is a British charity dedicated to bringing cultures together through the power of stories. Afghan thinker and writer Idries Shah was himself a proponent of teaching stories or stories created to transmit wisdom. His illustrated children's books can be read free of charge at www.idriesshahfoundation.org (link is external).
UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation reserve the right to modify the price of the Contest and its rules without notice if necessary and as needed.