Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Literary Contest returns for another edition

Entries must be submitted by February 26, 2022

1st Placed Illustration 2nd Cycle – A Menina do Mar ea Saudade in the 2021 edition of the contest

The municipalities of Loulé and Lagos, through their Libraries (Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen and Júlio Dantas), are coming together again for the 16th edition of the Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen Literary Contest, «in what is already a tradition in school life algarvia”, and the works for competition must be delivered by the 26th of February 2022.

The main objective of the initiative is to "encourage reading of the works of Sophia de Mello Breyner Andresen" and is aimed at students in the 2nd and 3rd cycles of basic and secondary education or equivalent, in the Algarve region.

Poetry, prose or essay works, in Portuguese, and illustration (original and unpublished up to the date of the final decision) that relate to the author's literary work are admitted to the competition, and they must indicate the original work on which they reflect. .

The works submitted must be identified with a pseudonym and the student's school year and, if more than one work is submitted to the competition, the pseudonyms must be different for each of them.

The works must be delivered by the 26th of February 2022, at the Municipal Library of Loulé or at the Municipal Library of Lagos.

The jury will consist of a representative of each City Council, the Directorate-General for Books, Archives and Libraries, the DGESTE – Directorate-General for Schools (DSR-Algarve) and a guest author.

This competition is held annually and the awards ceremony, which takes place on a rotating basis, will take place in this edition at the Biblioteca de Loulé, on April 23, 2022.

Prizes are given on gift cards to be collected from local bookstores in the municipalities of Loulé or Lagos.

The jury will award four prizes for each level of education, two per category – Text modality (poetry, prose, essay) and illustration modality.

The 1st prize will be entitled to a gift card worth 400 euros and a diploma of participation and the 2nd prize will receive a gift card worth 200 euros and a diploma for participation.

There is the possibility of awarding honorable mentions in which books and a diploma of participation will be delivered.

For the schools attended by the awarded students, books are offered as a contribution to the School Libraries.

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