iciHaiti – Literature : A Haitian wins the «RFI – AUF Young Writing Prize»
The jury of the 2nd Edition of the “RFI – AUF Young Writing Prize” (Radio France Internationale and the University Agency of La Francophonie)”, Chaired by the Franco-Afghan writer and director Atiq Rahimi (Goncourt Prize in 2008), awarded the “Young Writing Prize” to Peterson Désir (Haiti) student at the State University of Haiti, for his short story entitled “Île Muse”.
As sanitary conditions did not allow a face-to-face award ceremony, the ceremony took place entirely remotely. The awards were presented by Cécile Mégie, Director of RFI and by Professor Slim Khalbous, Rector of the AUF.
The 673 works in competition generated on the site https://short-edition.com/fr/ 510,000 readings, 92,100 votes and 63,400 comments. The “Audience Award” was also awarded to the short story “Le Minuscule Géant”, written by Louendy Chery (Haiti), a medical student at the State University of Haiti.
Remember that the “RFI – AUF Young Writing Prize” is intended to encourage the writing of short French-language stories. It is aimed at students from 1,007 AUF member universities and institutions in 119 countries.
The participants of this second edition had to compose a fiction, in French, of 8000 characters maximum and which had to start with the sentence (Suis-je dans le noir ou ai-je les yeux fermés ? Peut-être les deux.) “Am I in the dark or have my eyes closed ? Maybe both.”, The incipit of ” mille maisons du rêve et de la terreur” by Atiq Rahimi, published by P.O.L.
The winner of the RFI-AUF Jury Prize wins an international trip of cultural and literary experiences worth 2,000 euros.