‘Bridging Cultures’: A Literary Contest for Students

Photo by Leigh Van Ryn, Indiana University

The second edition of FIRENZE LIBRO APERTO, a festival that will host over 500 publishing houses in the Fortezza da Basso from September 28 – 30, invites students on their semester or year abroad in Florence to join in a writing contest on the theme of bridging cultures.

Three prizes will be awarded in the literary competition and entries need to be submitted no later than Sept. 20 to the following address: literarycontest@firenzelibroaperto2018.it.


Students in Florence interested in joining the contest can submit an essay (1500 words max) on their experiences of integration in Italy. Participants should focus on a moment or moments when they truly started to connect with the locals, whether it be through a shared conversation or experience. Alternatively, students can write about their first impressions of Florence.

First prize is an all-expense paid weekend at a Tuscan hot spring
Second prize are three books of your choice (available in English) at the fair
Third prize is a free pass to three days of events, including concerts, of Firenze Libro Aperto — see www.firenzelibroaperto2018.it.

On the theme of bridging cultures, FIRENZE LIBRO APERTO is organizing a conference/ meeting on the migrant situation in Italy and in Europe and the USA. American students are invited; details coming soon.