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 at an event sponsored by JCU's Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.

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.  Send your work by email in Word format by 1 April to [email protected]

Contestants need to fill in the form online, not download it and send in the hard copy.

Italy Writes 2019

JCU announces Italy Writes 2019. Download the instructions and application form. Deadline for submissions: 1 April 2019. 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 during the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation Summer Institute in June 2019.

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.

For Italian high school teachers of English who would like to join the more than 65 Italian high schools already participating in Italy Reads, please write [email protected] 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.



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