“A Sea of Words”

The contest “A Sea of Words” conceived by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, is part of the 1001 Actions for Intercultural Dialogue coordinated by the Anna Lindh Foundation. It focuses on fostering dialogue between cultures, exchange of knowledge and experiences between different local and national traditions.

“A Sea of Words”
The contest "A sea of words" invites young people to produce short stories related to intercultural dialogue, considered as "an instrument of contemporary crisis resolution". It is aimed at underlining the importance of the telling heritage in the Mediterranean and looks for the interaction of the highest number of individuals possible as “tellers” of or as “listeners” to narrated stories.

Organisers believe that in the Euro-Mediterranean region, cultural interaction can be an essential instrument to deal with various problems of a political, socio-economic or environmental nature. The reciprocal links between these three great issues should allow the balance between the global and the local, and should be sought for a sustainable and lasting resolution of the
Mediterranean regional crisis. Indeed, conflicts' globalisation do not imply a global response but rather the organisation and harmonisation of the local responses which, in order to be sustainable, must be based on mutual understanding and a common language.

Literature allows these very different issues to be discussed and linked. Moreover, the literary message digs into the everyday life, the understanding of the particular, the individual, together with the collective and the political. The short story gives access to the complexity of differences without generalising them, but describing them.

Tthe contest therefore aims at producing short stories whose content is related to intercultural dialogue as an instrument for the resolution of contemporary crises, especially of a political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental nature.

From this point of view, literary production is a fundamental means for the expression and description of events, ideas and emotions which can be directly transmitted to and by young people from the whole Euro-Mediterranean region.


The contest is aimed at young people under 30 years of age, citizens of one of the 37 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean space.

Format of the works

The short stories must be less than 2,500 words, and can be written in any of the official languages of the participating countries. They must be completely original and unpublished works. The short stories should deal with issues related to intercultural dialogue, and especially of a political, socio-cultural, economic and environmental nature.

All stories should be sent to the following e-mail address:

The writers should include with the short story a photocopy of an ID card and basic personal details: name and surname, date of birth, nationality, address, e-mail.

The stories can be sent by e-mail until 12 midnight on 15th of March 2008.

For more information :

Address: Carrer Girona 20, 5a planta , 08010 Barcelona
Tel. “A Sea of Words” “A Sea of Words” “A Sea of Words” “A Sea of Words” “A Sea of Words” “A Sea of Words” (+34) 93 244 98 50 “A Sea of Words”

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