2020 Shortlist

To everyone who has taken part in the Prize, even if you are not on this short list, your work was very much appreciated. The judges were impressed, inspired and delighted and I promise you that we read every word of every submission.

One of the judges wrote:

“Few people know the struggle it takes to write. Yeah, there are fun moments, rewarding moments; moments that make you feel like you’re flying on the wings of creativity. And for a lot of people who dream of writing, that’s all they think it’s about. Good times, yippie.

I thought I might describe the actual stuff of writing—the long hours of solitude, the dangerous journey through minefields of emotions, feelings, and memories. But frankly, I’d be wasting your time. All who submitted a piece, all who dared to put their hearts and souls on the frontline where their words would be read—all of you are writers. The real deal, one word at a time. It was an genuine honor to read your submissions.” 

Poetry Shortlist (in no particular order)

The stranger
Mercedes Ambrona

The butterfly   
Margot Daucourt

The Jazzman  
Prune Salomoni

feelin’ bad   
Arthur Lattmann

Time reveals the truth   
Aurélien Gimmi

Writing a Letter   
Raphaël Sciotti

Tomato Sauce   
Robin Richard

Carla Honold

Times of needs   
Lorie Xu

On being Arab   
Dana Cherif

Short Story Shortlist (in no particular order)

The Cherry Tree Is Blooming   
Erman Genç

Rats and Bruises  
Aferdita Kazimi

Memories of All My Families   
Jana Moos

The Somme   
Aurélien Gimmi

Dear T. 
Céline Champerlin

An Angel without her Wings   
Claire Trotti

The Cave of Whispers  
Kai Bertschi

Monochromatic Love   
Lorie Xu

Oceans apart   
Robin Richard

Transfer day   
Alex Bailey

We will contact the shortlisted Poets and Writers shortly to organise the Workshop and the Prize Giving Ceremony.