20th November 2011 9:21 pm
The Newcastle Centre for the Literary Arts (NCLA) is pleased to announce the 2nd International Students Short Story Competition. The competition aims to attract outstanding work which explores the experience of international and EU students living and studying in the UK and to give students an opportunity to assess and translate their experience creatively.
1st Prize: £1000
2nd Prize: £500
3rd prize: £200
Winners to be selected by prize-winning writer, Tahmima Anam.
Best stories eligible to be published in an anthology.
Deadline: 31st January, 2012
The 1st International Students Short Story Competition was won by Ahnaf Abdul, a Malaysian studying Law at the University of Oxford, who received the £1000 cash prize. The second prize of £500 was won by Muhammad Idzwan Husaini of Newcastle University, while the third prize was shared by joint winners: Alan Islas Cital of the University of Birmingham and David Molloy of the University of East Anglia. The winning and shortlisted stories have been published in an anthology titled Crossing the Lines: New Writing by International Students (Flambard 2011).
International (including EU) students can enter for the International Students Short Story Competition, providing they are studying at a UK university, or have graduated within the past two years. Entrants can write about any aspect of their experience of studying abroad, such as the challenges of adapting to life in a different climate and culture, the ups and downs of ‘international living’, culture clashes, coping with food/cuisine in a new country, homesickness, love (or the lack of it), social lives, job hunts and struggles to make ends meet, or any other aspect of their experience of living and studying abroad.
The winning stories and a shortlisted selection will be eligible for publication in an anthology exploring the UK international student experience.
For competition rules and information about making a submission, and for more information about previous competition winners, please visit the website: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/ncla/projects/competitions/isssc/.
Copies of Crossing the Lines: New Writing by International Students can be obtained from Inpress: http://www.inpressbooks.co.uk/i022312.aspx, Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Crossing-Lines-Writing-International-Students/dp/1906601267/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1318831137&sr=8-4, and through other reputable book stores.
Be the first to know; keep up to date with the competition news and get your questions answered by joining the Competition page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/UK-International-Students-Short-Story-Prize/140335025993039