Over 135 youths from 23 countries take part in the A Sea of Words youth literary contest

12 July 2021 | Corporate news
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The Euro-Mediterranean literary contest “A Sea of Words”, organized by the IEMed and the Anna Lindh Foundation, receives stories from 139 young people from up to 23 Euro-Mediterranean countries, such as Egypt, Morocco, Spain, Albania, Algeria, Bulgaria, and Greece. Youngsters reflect in their stories on the importance of mutual knowledge and exchange to advance towards creating citizenship that encompasses the entire Euro-Mediterranean region.

The motto of the fourteenth edition is “Youth and Mobility: Towards a Euro-Mediterranean Citizenship”. Participation was highest among men, who wrote 84 stories, while women wrote 55.

The contest is aimed at youths aged between 18 and 30 from the 43 countries in the Union for the Mediterranean (28 from the EU and 15 from the southern and eastern Mediterranean) to provide them with a platform to express their views on issues affecting the whole region.


The authors of the 10 best texts – selected by an international jury and announced in September– will be invited to Barcelona on November 30, 2021, within the framework of Mediterranean Day, to attend the awards ceremony and participate in different cultural activities in the city. Moreover, the 10 winning stories will be published in an anthology.