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Literature

“There are three rules for writing the novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are” 

W. Somerset Maugham

Congratulations!  We can’t wait to listen to your story!

Discover Jurors and Prizes of this discipline by clicking on your European Area: Blue, Yellow or Green , depending on your country.

REMEMBER! If you are selected, you can win:

  •   a cash prize of € 300  
  • the chance to perform or exhibit at the Semifinal Show of your Area
  • a ticket to the Final Show in Rome, Italy, during the prestigious MArteLive Biennial taking place in December 2021
  • the chance to take part in Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the summer of 2021
  • international networking, gigs, exhibitions and collaborations

Blue Area

Countries included in this area are: Albania, Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Greece, Ireland, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and United Kingdom

Blue Semifinal Show takes place in Tuzla (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

Winners of the Semifinal shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).


Jurors

 Reham T. EmamReham T. Emam

Reham T. Emam is an independent writer and filmmaker, emerging from the underground art scene of Cairo. She is the author of several films and her work is recognized around world festivals and competitions. Every art form that she uses is based on discovering and delivering strong emotional stories and atmospheres. In 2019, she won the Nadine Shams script-writing competition, as well as winning the creative arts competition for her short story. In 2020, she won the Madelyn Lamont writing competition for her short story “Memories of Drowned Whale”.>

Tajana StrasniŠejla Šehabović

Š ejla Š ehabović is a Bosnian professor, writer, and feminist. Her artwork often covers the theme of women’s position in art and society. As a teacher, she works with her students on story development and the creation of characters. Her work has earned her respectable accolades, and she has been a member of juries at numerous national and international literary competitions. Since 2012, she has been the director of the National Museum of Literature and Theatre in Sarajevo.


Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania

ENO ATELIER Prize
A reading at the Eno Atelier cultural space with a local musician (BELGIUM)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

Yellow Area

Countries included in this area are: Armenia, Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Georgia, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Sweden and Ukraine.
The Yellow Semi-Final show takes place in Vilnius (Lithuania).
Winners of the Semi-Final shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).

Jurors

Žygimantas KudirkaŽygimantas Kudirka                       Vilnius, Lithuania

Zygimantas Kudirka is a writer, artist and performer in the fields of interactive poetry, artificial languages and avantgarde rap, trying to find the universal dialect that could be understood by plants and animals and babies and the future links of evolution. Has published an interactive poetry book, released 7 music albums, makes constant appearances in contemporary art shows (incl. Baltic Triennial and Venice Biennial), has won multiple awards in the fields of music (incl. Alternative music artist of the year), advertising (incl. Cannes Lions Silver), visuals (incl. Music video of the year) and literature (incl. Best European slam poet).

Saulius VasiliauskasSaulius Vasiliauskas                       Vilnius, Lithuania

Saulius Vasiliauskas (b. 1989) is a writer and literary scholar, studying PhD at Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore. He lives in Vilnius, participates in various cultural initiatives and organizes the annual “Underground Readings”. In 2020 Saulius won the First Book contest organized by Lithuanian Writers’ Union publishing house and published a short prose book Dabar aš ramiai papietausiu (“Now I Will Have a Quiet Lunch”).

Greta AmbrazaiteGreta Ambrazaitė                       Vilnius, Lithuania

Greta Ambrazaitė (b. 1993) is a Lithuanian poetess, translator and a book editor. She obtained a Master's degree in Literary Anthropology and Culture at Vilnius University. Her first poetry book Fragile Things (lt. Trapūs daiktai) was published in 2018 and was awarded the Young Yotvingian Prize as a best young poet's book. This book was also announced as the Poetry Book of the Year in Lithuania. In 2019 she was awarded the Young Artist's Prize by the Lithuanian Ministry of Culture. Her poetry has been translated into English, Latvian, Estonian, Polish, German, Russian, Spanish, Greek and Chinese languages. Also, she released lo-fi music album Blood Mouse (lt. Kraujo pelytė) in 2019.


Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Vilnius Art Academy Prize
A week-long free accommodation in Mizarai art residency in Summer 2021 Mizarai Art residency is located near Druskininkai, in Lithuania, on the shore of Nemunas river. The residency is managed by Art Academy of Vilnius.

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania

ENO ATELIER Prize
A reading at the Eno Atelier cultural space with a local musician (BELGIUM)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

Green Area

Countries included in this area are: Andorra, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Tunisia.
The Green Semi-Final show takes place in Kracòw (Poland).
Winners of the Semi-Final shows will perform in the European Final in Rome (Italy).


Jurors

AMARJIZbigniew Masternak                       Piórków, Poland

Zbigniew Masternak, Polish prosaist, screenplay writer, dramatist. In 2009 graduated from screenplay studies at School of Film and Audiovisual Communication. He works on autobiographical series of novels "Księstwo" ("Princedom"). So far three books of series are published: "Chmurołap" ("Cloudcatcher") in 2006, "Niech żyje wolność" ("Long Live the Freedom") in 2006, "Scyzoryk" ("Penknife") in 2008. Basing on these books Andrzej Barański shot the film "Księstwo" ("Princedom") in 2011. Laureate of Świętokrzyska Prize of Culture (2011). His books were translated into German, Ukrainian, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Vietnamese, Mongolian.

AMARJIAMARJI                       Latakia, Syria - Rome, Italy

Amarji is a Syrian poet and translator, born in Latakia in 1980. He has translated 15 books from italian into Arabic and has had 7 books of poetry and aphorisms published. He won several prizes including: Edition XVIII of the “Festival della poesia dei giovani” in Syria, 2011. The first poetry prize of the “Concorso Internazionale di Prosa, Poesia e Fotografia” announced by the (M.A.R.I.C.) of Salerno, April 15 2018, and Ibn Battuta Award for his arabic translation of Guido Gozzano’s "Towards the world's cradle", Abu Dhabi 2020, etc.

Alessio ArenaAlessio Arena                       Palermo, Italy

Alessio Arena is an Italian writer and literature expert: he has published 9 books, including 5 collections of poems and 2 essays, and some of his works were translated into Spanish and Arabic. 
He collaborates with the Lingua Italiana section of the historic institution Treccani, and since 2018, he has been leading La biblioteca di Babele, broadcasted by Argentina's National Radio.  Alessio Arena has received numerous international awards, such as the Salvatore Quasimodo Prize (2016), the Virgilio Giordano Prize (2018), or the World Poetry Conference Prize in India (2019).

Valentina Rapetti ArenaValentina Rapetti                       Rome, Italy

Valentina Rapetti lectures in English and American literature at Università degli Studi della Tuscia in Italy.
Her publications include articles on Toni Morrison, Djanet Sears, Anna Deavere Smith and August Wilson, interviews with Marina Carr and Peter Sellars, and Italian translations of works by Marina Carr, Morris Panych, Netta Syrett, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. 
Her translations for the stage include contemporary Irish, English, Canadian, and American plays and Anne Enright’s memoir Making Babies: Stumbling into Motherhood. 
Her main research interests span theatre and drama in English language, translation and adaptation in theatre.

Loredana SalisLoredana Salis                       Sassari, Italy

Loredana Salis (MA, PhD) is Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Sassari. 
Her research interests include 19th century gender(ed) narratives, exile narratives and adaptations of the canon. She has published monographs on the uses of myths (2009) and stage representations of the migrant other (2010) in contemporary Irish literature, and articles on Gaskell, H. Martineau, Dickens, G. Eliot, E. O’Brien, Carr, F. McGuinness, Morrissy, and Heaney. 
She has translated Dickens’ theatre (2013) and W. B. Yeats’ prose (2015). She has edited Constance Markievicz’s Lettere dal carcere (2017) and is currently working on Markievicz’s political writings. 
In 2019, she edited a monographic issue of SIJIS, Studi irlandesi. A Journal of Irish Studies dedicated to the Irish Diaspora (2019), and is now working on a new translation of two plays by George Bernard Shaw in Italian. She is a board member of ANDA (Associazione nazionale dei docenti di anglistica) and of EFACIS (European Federation of Associations and Centres of Irish Studies).

“KarimKarim Galici                       Rome - Sardinia, Italy

MArteLive Europe - Literature Curator

Karim Galici is an Italian playwright, director and performer. 
He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Music and Performing Arts from the University of Rome in 2004. 
He began his career at the Teatro Agorà in Rome in 1999. In 2002 he started a collaboration with The Living Theatre, and he founded the company Impatto Teatro. 
For 20 years, he has written texts for the theatre and cinema, taking inspiration from classic and original works.
He is currently writing 2 dramaturgies and 2 screenplays for 2021.


Prizes

SEMIFINAL - WINNER

Cash Prize
Cash Prize of € 300
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

Travel Grant 
All travel costs to Rome covered to reach the MArteLive Europe Final Show and the MArteLive Biennial, both taking place on December 7-8-9, 2021.
Brought to you by MarteLive Europe

SEMIFINAL - SPECIAL PRIZES

Artists selected by the Jury among the Semifinalists

MArteLive Art in Progress
1 Week Stay at Art Residencies in Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania and Poland in the Summer of 2021, for artists selected by the Jury.
Brought to you by:
* ProCult in Italy and Poland
* Tuzla Live in Bosnia and Herzegovina
* Kintai Arts in Lithuania

ENO ATELIER Prize
A reading at the Eno Atelier cultural space with a local musician (BELGIUM)

Biennale MArteLive Prize
Participation in the 2023 MArteLive Biennial in Rome (ITALY)

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