Lingua Madre is a writing competition open to all women, adolescents and girls of foreign origin who live in Italy and want to express and explore the relationship between their identity, roots and host country. Italian women, adolescents and girls can also participate with entries about foreign women.
The initiative is a permanent project of the Piedmont Region and Turin Book Fair supported by the culture ministry and representation of the European Commission in Italy. The closing date for entries is December 31.
Competition 'example of the new cultural map'
Lingua Madre "intends to be a significant example of the interactions that are redrawing the cultural map of the new millennium and to bear witness to the richness and cognitive and expressive tension of the women coming from 'other' countries," say the organisers. A special section "is dedicated to the Italian women who want to be a vehicle for these different cultures by telling the stories of foreign women they have known, loved, encountered, and who have managed to convey 'other' identities." The prizewinning entries will be published in an anthology to be presented at the 2018 edition of the Turin international book fair.
A story in Italian
Participants can enter one unpublished work per person, couple or group. The entry must be in Italian "because Italy is the country of residence and the place where the competition is launched, but collaboration between foreign and Italian women is … actively encouraged when writing in Italian presents difficulties," reads the competition announcement. The top three entries in the 'Foreign women tell their tale' section and the top entry in the 'Italian women recount foreign women' section win a cash prize. Entries must include a title and should be sent by post to Concorso letterario nazionale Lingua Madre, casella postale 427, Via Alfieri, 10 - 10121 Torino Centro no later than December 31.