CULTURE

Short story contest for young writers

Aspiring young writers are invited to compete for three prizes offered by the British Council’s new «3 in 3» short-story competition. Drawing inspiration from P.J. Harvey’s album, the competition is titled «Tales from the City, Tales from the Sea.» The stories are to be written within three months from the date the competition is announced (December 1, 2004 – February 28, 2005) and are not to exceed 2,000 words. The competition is open to Greek citizens and permanent residents of Greece aged 18-30 who know English well. The story may be either in Greek or English and must be previously unpublished. A three-member committee will select three stories whose writers will be given free places in a creative writing course, at the organizer’s expense. The committee are all established figures in the literary world: novelist Christos Homenidis, Athens-based Scots crime writer Paul Johnston, whose work includes a trilogy featuring private eye Alex Mavros, and Liana Sakelliou, professor of English at Athens University, where she teaches creative writing and American literature. More winners There will be more than three winners in this competition, because Periplous has undertaken to publish the 10 best stories. Application forms and the terms of entry are available at the British Council (Kolonaki Square, Athens or 9 Ethnikis Aminis, Thessaloniki) from December 1. Applications and stories must be submitted by February 28, 2005. Winners will be announced on April 1, 2005. Information, Athens: Mary Haroyianni 210.369.2318, Thessaloniki: Chryssoula Melidou 2310.378.314.