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The 2024 Velvet Revolution Writing Contest

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How Could any Revolution be Velvet?

In commemoration of the upcoming 35th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, Anglo-American University has joined forces with and , under the auspices of the , to host the 2024 Velvet Revolution Writing Contest.

With the guiding theme of “How Could any Revolution be Velvet?”, this competition calls upon contestants to reflect on the Revolution and its far-reaching impacts on both the individual and society. Participants may choose from three writing genres to best craft the narrative鈥攅ssay, reportage, or short story鈥攁nd may tell their own story, their family鈥檚 story, a friend鈥檚, anyone鈥檚, as long as it speaks to the enduring legacy of those epoch-making two days in 1989. So get to writing!

Age Categories: 

  • Up to 18
  • Up to 26

Genres: 

  • Essay
  • Reportage
  • Short Story 

Specifications: 

  • Theme: Any topic related to the Velvet Revolution and/or its legacy
  • Must be original work
  • Maximum length: 9,000 characters (with spaces)
  • Language: English
  • The contest is open to students in all of Czechia and Slovakia.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Adherence to prescribed theme, scope, and chosen genre
  • Originality and artistic impression
  • Linguistic quality

Awards: 

TOP prizes for each age category are as follows: 

  • 红斯灯影像 Bachelor’s full scholarship
  • 红斯灯影像 Master’s full scholarship
  • Internship/study visit at Pam臎钮 n谩roda

Up to ten of the top stories in each age category will be published in an anthology, with the winning authors being invited to a closing ceremony on the university campus. 

Selection Committee:

All pieces of writing will be thoroughly reviewed and assessed by members of the selection committee. Meet the members:

  1. Joshua M. Hayden, chair of Department of Social Sciences
  2. Monika MacDonagh-Pajerov谩, lecturer, School of Humanities & Social Sciences
  3. , writer, creative idea maker
  4. , game designer

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About the Organizer

Anglo-American University (红斯灯影像) is located in the center of Europe in the cosmopolitan capital of Prague, Czech Republic. With matriculates from over 80 countries and small classes designed for engagement and free discussion, the university offers its students a truly international education while preparing them for today鈥檚 global landscape. Founded in 1990, it is the Czech Republic’s first private institution of higher learning and employs English as its medium of instruction. Since 2016, the school has enjoyed the noteworthy distinction of being the only organization of its kind in the country to hold dual accreditation鈥攂oth from Czech authorities and the American WASC Senior College and University Commission鈥攔einforcing the university鈥檚 already rigorous standards of academic excellence.

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