Request for submissions - - Euro-Mediterranean region

The 2021 edition of the Euro-Mediterranean Youth Literary Contest is now open!

17.05.2021 / Created by IEMed

A Sea of Words 2021: Youth and mobility. Towards a Euro-Mediterranean citizenship

Since 2008, the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation organise "A Sea of Words", a literary contest aimed at youth (18-30 years) from the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean region.

This year’s edition focuses on mobility. 

Mobility allows us to get closer and to know the social and cultural diversity and the richness of the two shores of the Mediterranean in such a way that we discover there are common values and challenges. Thanks to the flows of people, differences can become a veritable richness to create and build a future together towards a region of peace and stability.

Through this edition, the organisers seek to set up a series of reflections on the importance of mutual knowledge and exchange to advance towards the creation of a citizenship that embraces the entire Euro-Mediterranean region.

What is mobility for you? How could the movement and flows of people help moving towards a shared citizenship?

Take part, write and send your short story.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to July 4th, 2021

The authors of the 10 best texts will be invited to Barcelona on November 30th, 2021, in the framework of the Mediterranean Day, to participate for 3 days in the awards ceremony, creative workshops and cultural exchanges.

Key information

  • Participation is open to young people between 18 and 30 years of age at the deadline for submission of the texts.
  • The text cannot exceed the maximum length of 2,500 words.
  • People who have been selected in any of the previous editions are not eligible.
  • The document must be sent in Word format to the following address: The message must include the title of the work along with the author’s personal data: name, telephone number, postal address, email address and date of birth.
  • The selected works will be published in a book in digital format with the texts in the original language and their corresponding translation into English.
  • It is open to young people (18-30 years) with nationality and residence from one of the 43 countries of the Euro-Mediterranean area: Albania, Algeria, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Mauritania, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, The Netherlands, Palestine, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and United Kingdom.
  • The story must be original and may be written in any of the official languages of the 43 states of the Euro-Mediterranean space. Only one piece per author will be accepted.

Read more on how to participate in the file below. 


  • Type : Request for submissions
  • Deadline : 04/07/2021
  • Promoter : IEMed, Anna Lindh Foundation

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