World Tales Short Story Competition

UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation (ISF) in close collaboration with the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities of UNESCO (ICCAR) have launched the Short Story Competition for teenagers. Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow like climate change, human rights violations, conflicts, racism and discrimination. The theme of this 2020 First Edition is “Once upon a time in my future”.

Who is eligible?

Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old (inclusive).

Entries must be:

1. Short stories of 250 to 500 words;
2. Original unpublished works of fiction;
3. Stories on the potential for future societies to be fair, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant.

The deadline for submission has been extended to 15 October 2020 at midnight (CET). Send your stories at

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