Italy Writes

Building on the tremendous success of JCU's Italy Reads program that began in 2009 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), JCU has launched Italy Writes, a national English-language writing competition for Italian high school students that includes on its panel of judges professors from one of America's most highly-ranked creative writing centers: the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.

Participate in the Program

Italy Writes engages high school students in the development of their English creative-writing skills and is open to all students enrolled in Italian or international high schools that do not have English as the primary language of instruction. Students compete annually for awards for the best creative writing piece in the genres of fiction and nonfiction. This national competition will take place each spring and the winners will be announced in June.

To participate:

A. Select one of the two categories indicated below and write a work no longer than 1000 words.

    • Fiction (Narrativa)
    • Non-Fiction (Saggistica)

B. Evaluation criteria

   • Works of fiction will be evaluated on grammar, spelling, mechanics, creativity, as well as storytelling style (dialogue, character, plot, narration, and vividness of detail
   • Works of nonfiction will be evaluated on grammar, spelling, mechanics, paragraphing, rhetoric, and innovation in style.

C. Fill in the Application Form (Modulo di Iscrizione Online)

D. Upload your work via the Submission Form/Modulo di Iscrizione in Word or pdf format by March 1, 2020 _EXTENDED TO MARCH 6th.

Italy Writes 2020

JCU announces Italy Writes 2020. Download the instructions. Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2020 _EXTENDED TO MARCH 6th. Only finalists will be notified and will be invited to meet with an instructor in the JCU Writing Center to select a brief excerpt from their work to be read at the Award Ceremony in June.

According to Professor Carlos Dews, Director of the Creative Writing Institute, "Finding creative expression in a language other than one's own is an exciting exploration of the emotions at the core of the human spirit. Following the lead of Italy Reads, JCU hopes to continue our tradition of providing support for English language learning in the Italian high school community." Italy Writes is wholly funded by John Cabot University.

Italian high school teachers of English who would like to join the more than 65 Italian high schools already participating in one or more of the other Activities for High Schools offered by John Cabot University, please visit Activities for High Schools for information.

Learn more about studying English Language and Literature at John Cabot University in Rome. Learn more about studying Creative Writing at John Cabot University in Rome.