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The Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation has announced the commencement of submissions for the 2017 edition of the intensely competitive “The Museum of Words” International Flash Fiction Competition.

“The Museum of Words” International Flash Fiction Competition honours the finest flash fiction piece. The winner takes home $20,000 and three runners-up are awarded consolation prizes of $1,000. The prize’s last edition saw 22,571 writers from 119 countries submit.

The call is part of the activities that the Foundation carries out to gain its objectives. One of the goals of the Foundation is to unite peoples by using words. This is why the motto of the Museum of Words is “Words are the bond of humankind”. Words being used by their double condition of communicative elements and language as cultural heritage of human beings.

In this competition (like in the previous), short stories may be submitted in Spanish, English, Arabic and Hebrew. This lists the languages in which the three monotheistic religions of the world express their religious feelings.

The private, not-for-profit Cesar Egido Serrano Foundation is based in Spain. Its aim is to encourage dialogue between different cultures, religions, sensibilities and ideas. 

The winner of the last edition is the USA’s Emily Raboteau, for “Oysters.”

Here are key things to note.

  • There is no entry fee.
  • There can only be a maximum of two entries per writer.
  • Entries must be submitted through the online form.
  • Deadline: Thursday 23 November 2017.

For more information, visit the competition’s Website.

Submit HERE.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young was born in Aba, Nigeria and attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. A finalist for the 2016 Miles Morland Writing Scholarship, his short stories include: “A Tenderer Blessing,” which appears in Transition Magazine and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2015; “Mulumba,” which appears in The Threepenny Review; and “You Sing of a Longing,” which was shortlisted for the inaugural Gerald Kraak Award and appears in Pride and Prejudice, an anthology by The Jacana Literary Foundation and The Other Foundation. His essays appear in Interdisciplinary Academic Essays and in Brittle Paper where he is Deputy Editor. His interviews appear in Africa in Dialogue, Bakwa Magazine, SPRINNG, and Dwartonline. He is the editor of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of themed e-anthologies of writing and visual art exploring different aspects of Nigerianness. The first, Enter Naija: The Book of Places (October 2016), focuses on Nigerian cities. The second, Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (June 2017), focuses on professions in Nigeria. A postgraduate student of African Studies, he currently teaches English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu, Nigeria. When bored, he blogs pop culture at naijakulture.blogspot.com or just Googles Rihanna.

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I hold a doctorate in English from Duke University and recently joined the Marquette University English faculty as an Assistant Professor. I love teaching African fiction and contemporary British novels. Brittle Paper is the virtual space/station where I play and experiment with ideas on how to reinvent African fiction and literary culture.

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