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Short Story Contest 2022

For the 2022 short story competition, we are looking for prose texts on the theme of „Green Tales“.

From potted plants to garden greens to wild growth by the wayside – plants are everywhere. They provide shade, cure diseases and improve the air; but they can also be poisonous and become a deadly trap for some animals. Yet plants are considered passive, a misconception, as current research on plant intelligence and communication shows. Plants also play an important role in literature. Science fiction and fantasy texts in particular imagine grotesque humanoid plants and wild eco-scenarios. An exhibition of the Graduate School Practices of Literature will be dedicated to the representation of plants in this literature in May 2022. For this reason, the Cultural Office is also interested in stories in which earthly or intergalactic plants are more than just a backdrop. We are looking for innovative texts that take plants out of their role as bystanders and turn them into actors.

Students and staff of the WWU or students from another university in Münster can participate. The texts must not exceed 7,500 characters (including spaces). Since the texts are to be submitted anonymously to the jury, names may only be noted in the accompanying email. The winners will receive prize money totalling 1,500 euros.

Send your short story in German or English as a PDF file (text 1.5 lines) by 31.01.2022 to: kultur@uni-muenster.de.

The winning texts will be presented in an author reading during the exhibition and will appear in print.

The winning texts:

1st place: "The green form the pink form the green form" by Philipp Woschek

2nd place: "Textgewächs" by Thomas Bilda

3rd place: "The secret march" by Marco Thunig

3rd place: "Fighting goutweed" by Felix Oldenburg

The winning texts were selected by a jury in a two-stage process. The prize was awarded at an author reading on 24 May 2022. The texts will be published in the winter issue of the UniKunstKultur magazine. If you are interested, you can order a free copy of the magazine here: kultur@uni-muenster.de.

Members of the jury:
Lena Fleper, Editor of the magazine Satura
Linda Göttner, Graduate School Practices of Literature
Aline Klieber, Cultural Office of the WWU
Dr. Ortwin Lämke, Institute of German Studies
Julius Noack, Winner of the WWU Short Story Competition 2020
Prof. Dr. Silvia Schultermandl, English Department
Pooja Singh, Graduate School Practices of Literature

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