2023 marks the birth centenary of Wisława Szymborska, a Polish poet and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1996. We want to honour her and her extraordinary sensitivity, her sense of observation and her unique way of describing reality. Together with the Wisława Szymborska Foundation, we are delighted to announce a competition for an audio miniature inspired by one of her poems, chosen by you, the producer. Four awards will be given out in two categories: radio play (fiction) and documentary.
We want to draw attention to the common points of poetry and radio art forms. Sound as a language is also based on association and metaphor, while an audio story presents a condensed picture of the world – by showing an individual’s fate, it touches on the essential truth about life. The aim of the competition is to develop creative skills in audio storytelling among professionals and amateurs, with the poetic text as a starting point.
The task is to create a crafted audio interpretation of Szymborska’s poetry. However, post-produced readings of poetry fragments, as well as performative readings are excluded from the competition.
You can submit works which employ a documentary or fictional form. In case of submissions which are attributable to either genre, the dominating genre should be chosen.
The work you submit may not be shorter than 2 minutes, but no longer than 5 minutes.
A script with an English translation of the work will be required for works created in languages other than Polish and English.
The competition will be accompanied by a series of analytical and critical texts on audio miniatures as well as on the perception of reportage, documentary, radio play and radio experiments.
Please send your audio pieces together with the entry form via WeTransfer to: firstname.lastname@example.org until 31.08.2023
The main prize (in both categories) is PLN 4,000 while the second prize amounts to PLN 2,000. The award ceremony will take place in October in Kraków and will be accompanied by a public listening session of the awarded works during The Night of Poetry, a literary event located in the heart of Kraków.