Offer: The Forgotten Writers Foundation story contest
“The Forgotten Writers” foundation was created after the Egyptian revolution. Education is a very vital brick for building the future of a nation, and as Egypt is still a developing country, then we are in need to inspire this field to make our revolution as successful as possible in a faster period of time.
To work on education we have two choices, and both are important, but one is more effective on the short-run, and the other needs a whole new generation perhaps.
The first one is to find the brilliant people, contact them, and lead their energy into one national project, in what they can best do. This is the idea of scientists in the States for example, the government invests much in them and in their projects, and they on the other hand make the real global change.
The other choice is to teach the humble people who get poor education, and to teach those who are uneducated. This will take time of course, and it is very important for the future of any developing country. Yet, the foundation is specialized in the first plan.
The Mission of this foundation is to reveal the wonders of Egyptian Literature to the rest of the world. It is unfair to have our intellectuals buying and reading English books and giving nothing back in return to the world except their money. Globalization will be fulfilled in the world of Literature and Egypt will then have its recognizable place among readers all over the world.
(1) Translating some of the classical Egyptian books that were not brought to light
(2) Issuing international competitions for strange topics that were not discussed before
(3) Assisting Egyptian writers to win international awards
The first workshop the foundation offered – which turned to a real project afterwards – was a collection of fictional short stories about the Egyptian revolution tackling different angles by twelve Egyptian writers, coming from different backgrounds. One of these stories won the Sea of Words Literary Award for 2011 by participant Yasser Kashef for his short story Sugarcane Juice. The book is currently being finalized.
“Resurrection of Ancient Egypt” is the first competition offered by the foundation. The theme is about writing stories occurring in the era of Ancient Egypt, inspired by the mystery and wonders of this time. Hundreds of historical books spoke about Ancient Egypt, so the aim of this competition is not to narrate facts, but more like imagining the unwritten history of our Egypt, more like an observer trying to analyze a painting for an anonymous painter.
The suitable stories will be collected in one book to be published, and this will be the first contemporary literary book written about this topic. We want to make out of the Ancient Egyptians not only gods of science, but inspiring muses too.
This project is not only social, cultural and religious, but it will also support the economy of the country, help in rebuilding its identity and enhance tourism by letting tourists see Egypt from a totally different dimension.
The competition is open to Egyptian and non-Egyptians, and the main goal of this one is to make a study understanding how Egyptians define their own history, and how non-Egyptians view Ancient Egypt. The analysis will be published with the short stories in the end of the book as a conclusion and a capsule of knowledge that might assist our global world.
Deadline: Date of the Revolution (25/Jan/2012)
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