The NEW ‘Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize’ is the first environment-themed Mediterranean writing competition. Its aim is to celebrate and protect the rich culture and biodiversity found in Mediterranean eco-regions.

The shortlist, which features a diverse range of voices and nationalities, is as follows:

White Ground by Popi Aroniada, Greece
The Shepherd by Abdelhakim Barnous, Morocco
The First Day by Maria de Fátima Candeias, Portugal
Salted Grasshopper by Aziz Charhabil, Morocco
Gone by Maria Dalamitrou, Greece
Antagonisms by Pablo Garrido, Spain
The Magic Bag by Amar Hommany, Morocco
The Meadow by Blanca Amelia Marques, Spain
Rulfo by Ana Catarina Milhazes, Portugal
Plant Wisdom by Jose Ruiz Rosa, Spain
The Treasure by Sophia Sifaki, Greece

Winners will get the opportunity to travel to their national eco-site, which includes accommodation and a guided tour. The Winner and the finalists will have their stories published in an international eBook.

The judges for the 2019 #MedStoryPrize, who are all passionate about giving a platform to new writers who care about the environment and cultural heritage, are as follows:

Joaquín Araújo, writer, journalist and editor, Spain
Amy Beeson, author, Chair of Judhges, UK
Brahim Elboukhari, poet author and teacher, Morocco
Dr Rania Masri, political ecologist, environmental justice activist, Lebanon
Isabel Minhós Martins, author and publisher Planeta Tangerina, Portugal
Maria Rousakis, author, Greece

The Chair of the Rooted Everyday Mediterranean Short Story Prize Amy Beeson said: “Stories change how we see the world. It’s urgent for our survival that more people see what’s truly at stake for people and planet and engage with it emotionally and personally.”

Explaining why the Rooted Everyday campaign wanted to make creative writing part of the campaign, Lily Mordechai Scientific Secretariat with MedINA said: “By engaging writers and creative individuals we hope we will not only raise awareness but also hear stories of how people experience and perceive biodiversity and heritage in the Mediterranean.”

Rooted Everyday would like to thank all the writers who entered the competition. It is motivating to read how diverse experiences create a common conscience. Thank you for encouraging us to continue working towards our goals.

The winner of the prize will be announced after the 1 October 2019.

Meet the Winner of 2019 Rooted Everyday #MedStoryPrize

Sophia Sifaki from Greece is the winner of the first Mediterranean environmental-themed short story prize with her story The Treasure. Sifaki’s story The Treasure spins an enchanting conservation tale in which a young doctor arrives on the small Greek island of...

Continue Reading

Greek School Girls Win First Environment-Themed Short Story Prize

“It was with great joy that I took up the role of the judge on the students’ writing competition. I was caught up in pleasant surprise when I received and read their works, only to discover their true writing potential! All of the young participants, and especially the ones who won, produced exceptional stories, with flowing language and full of imaginative ideas. I felt like I was instantly carried over to Lemnos island, looked upon its landscape, smelled its fragrance and saw its inhabitants."
Continue Reading

The Missing Message by Faiza Lhbabi

The Missing Message is a story about a group of animal friends living in a beautiful forest. However, the forest trees are losing their green colour and the river that was once flowing through the forest has completely dried up. The animals are worried to die of thirst. One morning, they all gather to discuss how they are going to survive and if people will be able to help them...
Continue Reading

The Garbage Monster by Kaoutar Lakhr

The garbage monster tells the story of two young girls who time-travelled to the future and found planet Earth deserted and in a terrible state: a sea full of oil and garbage everywhere. While they look around at the state of the Earth they meet a monster who is made of all kinds of garbage. He is very angry with humans and the girls quickly learn why...
Continue Reading

Moroccan School Girls Win First Environment- Themed Short Story Prize

“It has been a great pleasure to be part of the competition and enjoy reading so many amazing short stories from the participants. I have read all the stories more than three times each and it has been difficult for me to choose the best one from each category because the stories carried a similar amount of talent and skill."
Continue Reading

You Can Change the World if You Can Just Write.

The artist, in my case the writer, should do more, they should be part of the community to which they belong. I think that what makes us different from animals is more than just language, it’s our ability to create amazing stories and inspire or be inspired by them.
Continue Reading

The Power of Words

When we can’t identify the plants and insects and animals, we find it easier to forget them, and thus to sit aside as they get erased, driven to extinction under the cancer of capitalism, of an urban concrete, and of monoculture so-called agriculture.
Continue Reading