Monday, May 8, 2017

Brno Short Story Writing Contest Attracts 87 Entries

BRNO, Czech Republic — The 2017 Brno Short Story Writing Contest, supported by the Brno Expat Centre, has attracted 87 entries.

“The creative process can be complicated and exhausting, yet 87 people found time in their busy lives to write a story about Brno,” said contest co-founder and administrator Bruno Zalubil. “The quality of the entries that I have read is excellent. I am sure that the jury and, later, the public, will agree.”

“I'm delighted with the amount of contestants we've managed to attract,” said contest co-founder Lee Adams. “I hope we can use this to help develop a thriving literary scene in Brno, as clearly there are many people out there looking for an outlet for their creativity.”

The jury will now have a month to read, evaluate, and critique the entries. Winners will be announced in early June. The best short story will win 6,000kc. Second place gets 2,000kc and third place gets 1,000kc.

Every entry for the free contest had to include the City of Brno in some significant way. There was only one entry per person. The short stories had to be in English and 2,500 words or less. The deadline was April 30 at midnight.

The jury includes Simon Mawer, the internationally acclaimed author of “The Glass Room” and many other books, and a cross-section of local cultural icons and writing enthusiasts: Don Sparling, a co-founder of the Brno Expat Centre and a longtime leader in the local expat and Masaryk University communities; Tomáš Kačer, a teacher in the Department of English and American Studies at MU and a translator; Anna Formánková, the Chief of Staff for Re:Views Magazine; and contest co-founder and Brno Writers Group co-founder Lee Adams, the At the Movies blogger for the Brno Expat Centre.

The jury has been instructed that the contest is focused on creating a story that includes Brno in some significant way. The story is the most important aspect, including writing, originality, character development, and plot development.

The Brno Short Story Writing Contest was made possible by a grant awarded by the Brno Expat Centre.

For more information, go to the contest website at or the Twitter feed @Brnowriters or send an email to the contest administrator, Bruno Zalubil, at

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