World’s Biggest Micro-Fiction Prize: Organizers Receive over 43k Works from 172 Countries for the 2017 Competition.

·         Nigeria and Egypt top entries from Africa.
·         Rising number of entries demonstrates increasing global acceptance of the Prize.

The César Egido Serrano Foundation, Spain, organizers of the International Micro-Story Competition, this year received record high entries from 172 countries of the world.

The contest, which is in its fifth edition, accepts micro-fictions of not more than 100 words on any theme that promotes understanding between different cultures and religion written in any of the languages of Spanish, English, Arabic or Hebrew.

In the previous edition, over thirty five thousand works by writers from 149 countries were entered for the competition. The number of entries has spiked this year by almost 18%, recording 43.185 submissions from 172 countries. This edition also witnessed more participation from countries in all continents of the world. Spain, the United States and Argentina are among the countries with the highest participation. Nigeria and Egypt, two nations battling violence linked to religious extremism in parts of their countries, lead entries from the continent of Africa.

Other countries with the most participants this year are Venezuela, Mexico, Colombia, Australia and Brazil. There has also been great participation from other countries such as United Kingdom, Canada, India, Morocco, Chile, Peru, South Africa, Cuba, Algeria, Israel, Ecuador, Uruguay, Iraq, Syria, Germany, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Russia.

The first prize consists of $ 20,000. There are three runners-up prizes of $ 2,000 each, for the different official languages of the award, Spanish, English, Arabic and Hebrew. The results are expected to be announced around next spring.

In the previous edition, the American writer Emily Raboteau, Professor at New York University, won the first prize. The three runners-up prizes were awarded to Oscar Darío Gomez, publicist resident in Medellin, Colombia, Soad Suliman, television journalist from Cairo, Egypt, and Mira Kaufman, biologist from Jerusalem, Israel.