Athens.- “The Parthenon Marbles: The history of a looting, or the looting of history?” is the theme of the third literary contest being organised by the Hellenic Cultural Association Nostos under the aegis of the Greek Embassy in Argentina.
This year’s contest, which is open to both Greeks and non-Greeks all over the world, with texts in Spanish, Greek or English, opens up collaboration, for the first time, with overseas agencies working for the spread of Hellenic civilisation and history, including the University of Chile’s “Fotios Malleros Center for Hellenic and Byzantine Studies”, the only such center in Latin America, established in 1968, and the Association of Writers of Argentina, as well as the Association of Greek Writers and Authors of the Five Continents, the Diaspora Literary Stoa from Australia, and the Greek Community of Lima, in Peru.
“This year’s contest aims to unite all Greeks and non-Greeks with one voice, in a written appeal to the world of Letters, so as to vindicate the just national demand of Greece for the Return of the Parthenon Marbles, by the British Museum to the New Acropolis Museum,” Nostos president Christina Tsardikos told ANA-MPA.
“It is with great joy that we see what we envisioned four years ago has increasing appeal, as reflected in the agencies taking part,” she said, adding special thanks to Greek Ambassador Michalis Christidis “who embraced the idea from the very first moment, lending not only moral but also material support, as the Embassy has undertaken the publication of the anthologies with the best works of the contests”.
The communications sponsor is ANA-MPA, which readily agreed to Nostos’ request.
“ANA-MPA has always stood at our side, including through its Greeks abroad web page. My heartfelt thanks for all the support and backing you have given us all these years, projecting Nostos’ activities, and also our vision for a vibrant Greece that is present everywhere,” Tsardikos said.
The competition is open to writers of all nationalities, ages and gender, with one essay, in the Spanish, English or Greek language. The essay should not exceed 10 pages, must not have been previously published or awarded, or awaiting the results of another contest.
The essays must be typed, on one side of the sheet of paper (A4), single space, stapled, and placed in an appropriate envelope, together with a CD containing the text in electronic form. They should be sent (signed with a pen name) to: “ASOCIACIΟN CULTURAL HELENICA NOSTOS”/ CERTAMEN LITERARIO INTERNACIONAL/ AVDA BELGRANO 615 PISO 8VO “J “/ C.A.B.A (1092)/ BUENOS AIRES ARGENTINA.
The envelope should also contain a second, sealed, envelope containing a copy of the essay, the title of the work, the pen name of the writer and his/her personal information: name and surname, ID card number, address, telephone, email address and a brief CV.
The deadline for the entries is December 31, 2010.
The awards will be announced in March 2011, and separate awards will be given for each language. The top three winners will receive a medal and certificate, and 10 copies of the anthology containing the best works.
Copies of the anthology will also be distributed to educational foundations, cultural centers and libraries.
The Nostos website is: http://www.nostosonline.gr/