Let's Write! 2021 /2022
Voices from the Past
- stories for a Podcast
This year, the annual Let's Write Contest is excited to announce that we are partnering with Radio Prague International, and the winning stories will be professionally recorded for a podcast that will be broadcast on the radio.
We want you to write stories about the past that come from your own families - stories of unknown, ordinary people whose lives were affected by the history of Central Europe.
The winners will be involved in making the recordings, getting the chance to work with professionals in the Czech Radio professional studios!
What are we looking for:
History is not just what you read in a textbook,
You should talk to parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and choose a character from the past.
We don't want a full biography! We want you to find one, important incident (max 3 pages) that somehow changed the direction of this person's life. It should also show us the importance of the history of the time.
It can be fictionalized, but the events should be based on the real story.
The story must take place before November 1989.
...it could be about a journey someone was forced to take and why they had to go. It could be a hard decision someone had to make. If your main character is not alive, you will have to imagine some things.
How do you think they felt about the choices they made? Not all the information needs to be strictly factual - you will probably have to make up dialogue if you choose to use it. But try to get factual information about what things were like at the time.
Who can participate:
All authors aged
Group 1: 10- 12 years
Group 2: 13-14 years
Group 3: 15+ years
Last year winners
Congratulations to all young authors, we received 23 plays. It was hard to select the best from each category as we believe all pieces were just great!
Judges: Leah Gaffen, Callum Philbin, Casey Hallahan, Maya Slouka, Nick Kenworthy, Britt Gilman and Brynn Jacobs.