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“Alef” challenges young narrators to unite historical reality and imagination

The subject of the 6th National Student Literary Competition “Who saves one human life, saves a whole universe” is “To love, despite …”

Center for Jewish-Bulgarian Cooperation “Alef” challenges again the middle school students from all over the country with the sixth edition of the National Literary Student Competition “Who saves one human life, saves a whole universe”. This time, the young authors will have to mix reality and imagination on the subject “To love, despite …” They must tell stories of love, friendship, understanding, mutual assistance and self-sacrifice between Bulgarians and Jews.

The characters of the works can be real characters from the history or stories based on real cases but they can also be fully based on their imagination. The young authors have to create their stories based on what they have read in textbooks and books, seen in films or in museums or learnd by people who have survived war, Holocaust, and all other human trials.

The Alef’s Virtual Library has been enriched to help the participants in the literary competition. The Alef’s website http://alef-bg.org  includes a bibliography and filmography on the subject, as well as links to publications with narrations about actual cases and personal stories.

There are 48 titles, among which “The Book Thief” by Marcus Zusak, “Super Sad True Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart, “Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye” by Marius Gabriel.

The Filmography in the Virtual Library offers 20 films, two of which are documentary films. Some of the movies are “Schindler’s List”, “Anne Frank : The Whole Story”, “Paradise” by Andrey Konchalovsky, “Life Is Beautiful” by Roberto Benigni, the film series by the director Ivan Nichev in three novels by Angel Wagenstein and others.

According to the regulation, students from the 8th to the 12th grade can participate in the competition. Their works should be an art tales hold in no more than 5 printed A4 pages.

The narrations for the competition are expected to be send  until 1st of March 2019 at Burgas 8000 Sq. “Baba Ganka” 4, 4th floor or send to Alef’s e-mail: center.alef@gmail.com.

The nominated authors in the competition will be invited at the official ceremony in Burgas from different cities of Bulgaria in Spring of 2019 at the expenses of the Alef Center.

The winners will be defined by an authoritative jury and they will be announced at the ceremony. The prizes will be respectively 400, 300 and 200 leva. The organizers have also provided incentive prizes.

“With every edition of its initiation, the literary competition has gained increasing popularity and authority among national initiatives aimed at the young  Bulgarian generation. The reaction about the competition at national level proves that we have found one of the most successful forms of integrating young people into solving contemporary problems by reminding the history lessons while challenging them to develop their creative talents. Judging by the valuable works sent to the previous editions, I think that this competition may be the first appearance of a future great writer” – says the founder of the competition Alberta Alkalay.

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