Awards ceremony for the 2022 edition of the Inalco Multilingual Short Story Competition, April 18 at 6:30 p.m.

21 April 2023
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The awards ceremony for the Inalco Multilingual Short Story Competition, on the theme of Languages in the Making, will take place on April 18 at Inalco at 6:30pm. The event will also be broadcast live on YouTube Live.
Remise des prix de l'édition 2022 du Concours Inalco de la nouvelle plurilingue
Remise des prix de l'édition 2022 du Concours Inalco de la nouvelle plurilingue © Inalco‎
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Tuesday, April 18, 2023 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Auditorium de l'Inalco
65, rue des Grands Moulins - 75013 Paris

Supported by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) through its "Langues en dialogues" and supported by Inalco's service de la réussite étudiante et de la vie étudiante (REVE), this third edition invited French-speaking students.e.s from all over the world to explore the theme of "languages in the making: eco-poetics and ecological issues" by submitting an original, multilingual short story.

Sponsored by Franco-Mauritian novelist Ananda Devi, the competition also awards, for the second year running, a special InCIAM "digital work" prize, sponsored by Serge Bouchardon.

The winning students will be honored during the evening. A round-table discussion moderated by Marielle Anselmo (Inalco) will bring the young authors together with members of the jury: Ananda Devi (competition sponsor), Nabil Wakim (Le Monde), Isabelle Cros (AMU, jury president), Laurence Bedoin (Ecole Estienne) and Florian Targa (Inalco). Actor Sophie Bourel will read extracts from the winning short stories. The discussions will be complemented by a participatory multilingual writing experience with the audience.

This event will also be an opportunity to launch the 2023 edition of the competition!

Prizes awarded

  • 500, 200 and 100 euros (Student prize) and 300 euros (High school prize)
  • 500 euros for the "digital creation" category
  • A publication of the best short stories
  • Participation in a writing workshop and editorial support

Sponsors of the 2022 edition

Mauritian writer Ananda Devi

Ananda Devi
Ananda Devi © DR‎

Among the twenty-five titles in his bibliography are Eve de ses décombres (Gallimard, 2006, Prix des 5 Continents de la Francophonie), Le sari vert (Gallimard, 2009, Prix Louis Guilloux), Ceux du large (Bruno Doucey, 2017), Manger l'autre (Grasset 2018, Prix Ouest-France Etonnants Voyageurs), Le rire des déesses (Grasset 2021, Prix Femina des Lycéens) and Deux malles et une marmite (Project'îles 2021). A book on Sylvia Plath will be published by Bruno Doucey in 2022.

"What a great initiative this competition is! Multilingualism, poetry, ecology, creativity in all its forms... everything I'm passionate about. I'm looking forward to seeing young people take a look at a world plunged in deep turmoil, at the future they see taking shape before them, and at the promise and beauty that, despite everything, remain, as a beginning of a response to the major concerns of our time. I am waiting to see the emergence of talents who will know how to speak the dream and the burning..." - Ananda Devi

Serge Bouchardon, patron of the Inciam Digital Work Prize

Serge Bouchardon
Serge Bouchardon © DR‎

Serge Bouchardon is not just a university professor in information and communication sciences at Compiègne University of Technology (UTC), specializing in digital writing, interactive storytelling, digital literature and digital creation. He is also a digital author of numerous digital literary creations, recognized in numerous awards such as the New Media Writing Prize (2011) and whose several works have been selected in digital literature anthologies, such as Déprise in Electronic Literature Collection, vol.4 (2022).

"What a great idea to combine digital creation and plurilingualism! How can interactive, multimedia writing encourage play and links between languages? Through hyperlinks, animations, automatic text generation, forms of collective writing...? And let's not forget that digital technology is not just about linguistic signs and images, but also sounds and gestures. Can digital technology, which seems to favor cultural and linguistic hegemony, on the contrary encourage plurilingualism, making it possible to see, hear and act?" - Serge Bouchardon

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