Verdict of the contest
After the closing of the I edition of the European Flash Fiction Contest, a total of 1885 texts were received over the call period from the 15th of January to the 1st of March 2018. All the texts —originally written in the different 14 European participating languages— were submitted to a first reading round composed of different members of each of the 15 participating EACWP institutions. This preliminary jury read and judged the texts in their original national language and selected one winner per institution in this first round of the contest.
The 14 finalists’ texts were translated into English in order to be submitted to a second reading round composed of a jury headed by only one representative per institution. This final EACWP jury was comprised of the following members: Ana Guerberof (Escola d’escriptura), Andrea Holland (University of East Anglia), Conceição Garcia (Escrever Escrever), Ílknur Tatar (Ondokuz Mayis University), Magnus Eriksson (Linnaeus University), Maja Lucas (University of Southern Denmark), Mariana Torres (Escuela de Escritores), Marie-Pascale Lescot (Aleph-Écriture), Monique Warnier (ArTEZ), Peter Waugh (Vienna Poetry School / sfd), Paolo Restuccia (Scuola Omero), Vesa Lahti (Jyväskylä University), Xavier Roelens (Creatief Schrijven), Yoram Tolub (Sadnaot Habait).
Taking Eurovision’s contest as a model, the voting was distributed according to the following ranking points:
12 points for the first place,
10 points for the second,
8 points for the third,
7 points for the fourth,
5 points for the fifth.
After compiling and counting all the votes, the jury of the EACWP European Flash Fiction Contest came to a consensus about the following results:
The fifth place in the competition, with 45 points, goes to the text entitled “I Don’t” by Damhnait Monaghan from Ringwood (UK).
The fourth place in the competition, with 46 points, goes to the text entitled “The Symposium” by Louis Bidder from Leiden (The Netherlands).
The third place in the competition, with 69 points, goes to the text entitled “Glass Bottom” by Dennis Mombauer from Sinzig (Germany).
The second place in the competition, with 77 points, goes to the text entitled “Daybreak in Paris” by Ángel Bravo Fernández from Madrid (Spain).
Ultimately, the jury declares as the 2018 winner of the I edition of the EACWP European Flash Fiction Contest, with 95 points, “Kinetic energy” by Sivan Shiknagy from Ramat Gan (Israel).
The author will be awarded with a cash prize of 600 euro, plus travel and accommodation in Brussels for two nights, during the next EACWP International Pedagogical Conference in September 2018.
Finally, the popular vote was won by the text “6.00 am” by Daniel Henriques from Faro (Portugal).
The EACWP would like to thoroughly thank the valuable and voluntary work of the jury, the translators and the different participating institutions for their engagement over the full process of the contest and its different stages. Ultimately, we would like to congratulate the winner, along with all the finalists and the 1885 participating authors for the inspiring response and enthusiastic participation. Thank you all for responding to the challenge of continuing writing and dreaming Europe seriously.