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Bergen 2020 International Essay Competition for Non-Fiction and Fiction

The Bergen International Literary Festival for Non-Fiction and Fiction is held in February every year in the Norwegian city of Bergen and attracts writers from every continent. We are looking for new, excellent writing and are pleased to announce the Bergen International Essay Competition open to everybody under the age of 30.

Theme: My generation

What characterises your generation? Write an essay from your standpoint. What encourages you, what enrages you?


Bergen International Essay Competition

Application DeadlineOctober 1, 2020
Country to studyNorway
TypeEntrepreneurs
SponsorBergen
GenderMen and Women
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Benefits of Bergen International Essay Competition

The winner will receive EUR 2 500. 

Three runners up each receive EUR 500. 

The winning essay and the runners up will be published both online and in a printed format.

Requirements for Bergen International Essay Competition

We give equal emphasis to literary quality and content. The winner and runners up will be announced at the Bergen International Literary Festival on 11-14 February 2021.

  • One entry per contestant
  • The contestant must be born in 1990 or later
  • The essay can be written in any language, but a translation into English must be provided with the original text 
  • The essay must be no more than 2000 words in the English version

Selection Process

The jury will base its evaluation on the English version.

Jury:

  • Alisa Ganieva (Russia), author
  • Leila Guerriero (Argentina), author and journalist
  • Sandra Lillebø (Norway), author and critic
  • Daniel Medin (USA/France), editor and professor at the American University of Paris
  • Jonny Steinberg (South Africa/UK), author and professor at the University of Oxford
  • Ece Temelkuran (Turkey), author and commentator

Application Deadline

October 1, 2020

How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to Bergen on www.litfestbergen.no to apply

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