On Human Rights Day 2021 the fifth Biber Short Story Contest has been opened. Both established and unpublished authors writing in Albanian, Macedonian, Bosnian, Montenegrin, Croatian or Serbian are eligible to enter.
The theme has been expanded, just like last time. In addition to stories about reconciliation in the context of the aftermath of the wars and violence in the countries of former Yugoslavia, the contest will now also accept stories contributing to better understanding among people, reducing hatred and dismantling prejudice, anti-war stories, stories about dealing with the past, deconstructing images of the enemy, empathy, brave stories that dare walk in the “enemy’s” shoes, stories that push boundaries and open up the way to build a more stable, safer and freer future for all.
The competition is open until 1 June 2022.
The winning authors will receive prizes:
1st prize – EUR 800
2nd prize – EUR 600
3rd prize – EUR 400.
At least twenty selected stories will be published in a multilingual collection. The jury is made up of Lejla Kalamujić, Kalina Maleska and Olja Savičević Ivančević. The decision of the jury will be announced by the end of November 2022.
The contest is organised by the Biber team, with the support of the Centre for Nonviolent Action Sarajevo-Belgrade.
With this contest, we also want to contribute to a culture of translation and publication of authors from neighbouring countries and support activist authors in their continued efforts towards social change.