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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.

Italy Writes announces winners

On June 3, JCU's Italy Writes 2020 Creative Writing Contest announced the winners at the Award Ceremony which was held in remote. Guest speaker and long-time Italy Writes external judge Professor Hugh Ferrer, Associate Director of the University of Iowa's International Writing Program (IWP) congratulated the students and described briefly the role of the IWP as a UNESCO Creative City. Writers of different cultures from all around the world come to Iowa City to share their work.

Professor Ferrer said, "I'm a big believer in the power of the creative imagination and the literary imagination to cross borders and to reach across and connect people who would never have met but who share the ability to imagine things and to feel things and to express themselves. It's been a real pleasure over the years to be part of JCU's Italy Writes Contest. An extraordinary amount of talent went into this year's finalists".

The six finalists in the categories of Non-Fiction and Fiction read briefly from their work before receiving their award in the form of a gift voucher or donation to a charity of their choice.

Read the writing of both 1st Place Prize recipients published in the June 2020 online issue of Wanted in Rome.
 

NON-FICTION – AWARDS

1st Place Prize, in the category of Non-Fiction, a gift certificate for €300, Cecilia Federici, 4th year at Liceo Scientifico G. B. Morgagni in Rome, for 'Brushes and Words: American Impressionism and Whitman'

2nd Place Prize, in the category of Non-Fiction, a gift certificate for €200, Simone Spadoni, 5th year at Liceo Scientifico Giovanni Keplero in Rome, for 'The Subjectivity of Truth'

3rd Place Prize, in the category of Non-Fiction, a gift certificate for €100, Nancy Fantoni, 5th year at Liceo Scientifico Liceo Virgilio in Rome for 'The Next Train' 

FICTION – AWARDS

1st Place Prize, in the category of Fiction, a gift certificate for €300, Giulia Alberini, 4th year at Liceo Azzarita (IIS Tommaso Salvini) in Rome, for 'Civil War'

2nd Place Prize, in the category of Fiction, a gift certificate for €200, Lorenzo De Mare, 4th year at Liceo Azzarita (IIS Tommaso Salvini) in Rome for 'The Cure'

3rd Place Prize, in the category of Fiction, a gift certificate for €100, Maria Perini, 3rd year at the Educandato Statale Emanuela Setti Carraro Dalla Chiesa in Milan, for 'A Girl and a Casket'

Congratulations to all participants and winners!
 

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 takes 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 Submission Form (Modulo di Iscrizione Online). All submissions must be sent via this Application Form.

D. Upload your work via the Submission Form/Modulo di Iscrizione in Word or pdf format by March 1, 2021.

Italy Writes 2021

JCU announces Italy Writes 2021. Download the instructions. Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2021. 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.