Egypt’s Supreme Council of Culture has launched poetry, playwriting and caricature competitions to encourage the youth to cultivate their artistic talents while staying at home.
Egypt’s Supreme Council of Culture has announced a competition launch for young Egyptians in the fields of playwriting, caricature and poetry, as a means to encourage people to take advantage of their time spent self-distancing and nurture their artistic talents. Each competition offers enticing monetary prizes for the three selected works, with the first prize award being EGP 25,000, second prize being EGP 15,000 and third prize being EGP 10,000.
In terms of the playwriting competition, all applicants must have an Egyptian nationality and are required to submit four copies of their theatrical masterpieces. The submissions can not have been previously published (whether in whole or in part) and won’t be considered if it was submitted to another competition prior – so no cheating.
Organised in collaboration with the Egyptian Caricature Association, the caricature competition, meanwhile, is asking for submissions under the theme of bullying. The competition intends to encourage young caricaturists (under the age of 35 to be exact) to come up with solutions to combat the issue through their art. You can submit up to three pieces that comply with the theme, be either black-and-white or colour, and drawn on A3 paper.
When it comes to the poetry competition, submissions must be in colloquial Egyptian Arabic, unpublished and at a maximum length of 50 pages, whether one epic piece or several pieces. Applicants (40 years and under) need to submit four copies of their work.
Submissions should be sent via post (address below) or delivered in person, along with the submission form (available at the Supreme Council of Culture office in Zamalek). Applicants are also asked to submit a brief personal bio, bank account number and a copy of their national ID.
The deadline is April 30th. For more info, head over to scc.gov.eg or call +27353749.
Supreme Council of Council of Culture Address:
1 Gaballeya Street (on the grounds of Cairo Opera House)