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'Che Storia!'. Telling the past becomes literature.
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‘Che Storia!’. Telling the past becomes literature.

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Team competition for students of the Italian secondary schools, including italian schools abroad, to tell History through brand-new narrations.

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The fifth edition of ‘Che Storia!’, creative writing team competition for students of the Italian secondary schools, will be promoted by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to the Italian schools abroad, state and state-authorized private schools, alongside the Italian sections of international and foreign schools.

The contest, patronised by the Italian Ministry of Education, is organized by the Accademia dell’Arcadia, in collaboration with Fondazione Maria e Goffredo Bellonci, the Istituto di storia dell’Europa mediterranea del Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, the Istituto storico italiano per l’età moderna e contemporanea e and the Dipartimento di Scienze umane dell’Università degli studi dell’Aquila.

This initiative involves students in innovative and engaging learning modes and encourage them to approach research, analysis, and historical documents to create and shape historical topics, events, and characters through storytelling. They can freely choose topics, words and the style of their texts, while respecting the required coherence and consistency of the text, and the limits of space and time. By doing so, they can reinforce and refine their skills and knowledge.

Telling the past through the experience of writing groups is an amazing practice of active and democratic citizenship, and a great opportunity to escape from the isolation caused by the pandemic emergency. In this way students can be together in a renewed spirit of collaboration, and personal and collective development.

Working together, indeed, allows to strengthen the ties, equalise differences and build cooperative paths of reading, research and writing. The contest is divided in two categories: a junior category, aimed to learners of the first two years, and a senior category, for teams of learners attending the second two years and the last year.

Stories on any subject, from antiquity to the 21st century, can be produced either by all the students from the same class or by a group of minimum three students from one or more classes, with the supervision of at the least one teacher.

A jury of experts will select 12 stories as finalists. Among these, at least six stories – three for each of the two relevant categories, i.e. Junior and Senior – will be evaluated as worthy of a prize. The evaluations of the jury will be announced by 14 May 2022. The award ceremony will take place in October 2022.

The twelve stories in the final stage will be published on the site Narrazioni di confine and then in a reviewed version by the contest organizers, in the fifth volume of the series ‘Tutta un’altra storia’.

Teachers who want to enter their students into the contest will have to fill in the application form and send it to, no later than 15 January 2022.

Stories will have to be submitted, in doc/docx or pdf format, to no later than 9 April 2022.

Call for registrations, forms and further information are available at Che Storia! 5 – Narrazioni di Confine website

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