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EUPL Writing Contest
“A European Story: EUPL Winners Write Europe”

The EUPL Writing Contest was a unique short fiction competition that celebrated Europe, literature and – above all – 10 years of the European Union Prize for Literature, which was exclusively open to all previous 106 EUPL winners.

36 EUPL winning authors from all over Europe – from a total of 26 different countries – took us up on this great opportunity and submitted fascinating European stories with a unique perspective. These works of short fiction, in both original versions and English translations, are compiled here.

The winners were announced in Vienna on November 6th 2018. This event was organised in cooperation with the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the EU and took place at the Belvedere Palace under the patronage of the European Parliament.

The prizes in the different categories, Public Prize, Professional Prize, MEPs Prize and Special Mention for Cultural Heritage1, were presented by Mr Gernot Blümel, Austrian Federal Minister for the EU, Arts, Culture and Media and Mr Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport in the presence of distinguished guests from the fields of literature, culture and politics.

Jelena Lengold from Serbia won the public prize with Jasmine and Death2. This work of short fiction, which deals with a very timely topic in today’s society, resonated with many readers hailing not only from the author’s home country, but from across Europe.

A professional jury, comprised of Maria-João Costa (Portugal), Nina George (Germany), Juancho Pons (Spain), Cathy Rentzenbrink (UK) and Marnix Verplancke (Belgium), led by Jury President Liana Sakelliou (Greece), selected the work of short fiction A Voice3 by Ioana Pârvulescu from Romania.

This exceptional story is dedicated to the former Radio-Free-Europe-broadcaster Monica Lovinescu4 who became the voice of freedom for young Romanians during the Cold War.

The professional jury was also in charge of awarding the special mention for cultural heritage, which was awarded to Lidija Dimkovska from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for her work When I left Karl Kniebknecht5.

Consisting of various testimonials, this winning text shows how citizens of various European countries are linked by shared knowledge, such as names of streets, geographical references, languages and literatures.

Lastly, Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Culture and Education, spearheaded by Committee Chair MEP Petra Kammerevert, were also invited to select their favourite work of short fiction.

Two outstanding authors from Luxembourg, Jean Back with his work of short fiction European Clouds6, and Gast Groeber with Current weather warning: predominantly heavy fog7, are sharing this honour.

Each of these stories has been published in the original language along with English translation in the special publication entitled European Stories, which is available to download here.

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  1. 2018 is the European Year of Cultural Heritage. For more information on the European Year of Cultural Heritage, please consult
  2. Translated from Serbian by Zoran Paunović
  3. Translated from Romanian by Mihnea Gafiţa.
  4. Monica Lovinescu (19 November 1923 – 20 April 2008) was a Romanian essayist, short story writer, literary critic, translator, and journalist, noted for her activities as an opponent of the Romanian Communist regime.
  5. Translated from Macedonian by Kristina E. Kramer.
  6. Translated from Luxembourgish by Sandra Schmitt.
  7. Translated from German by Carla McGinty.