Iranian institute launches intl. COVID-19 news contest

TEHRAN – The House of Iranian Books and Literature has launched an international competition for writing news on COVID-19.

In a call published on Saturday, the cultural center invited all people writing in Persian from around the world to enter the competition, which will be held under the theme “The story of Corona and us”.

The organizers have also dedicated a special section for health workers. Only people working in hospitals and medical centers are allowed to compete in this section.

The winner will be selected from ten short stories shortlisted by a jury of writers and literary critics this summer. Two more stories will be honored as a finalist and third place.

Five editors of the special section for health workers will be honored by the jury.

The House of Iranian Books and Literature plans to publish the finalists in a collection after announcing the winners.

The coronavirus has been the subject of several cultural competitions in Iran since February 2020, when the first cases of the disease were detected in the country.

The Institute for the Intellectual Development of Children and Young Adults launched the International Clean Hands, Saving Lives painting competition in March 2020.

In addition, a number of Iranian authors have started writing stories about the virus to teach children and others how to take care of themselves during the pandemic.

One of the writers is Ali-Asghar Seidabadi, who wrote “Hannah, our hero”.

These are several children including Hannah who are going to visit their uncle, Bahman, who does not know he is infected with COVID-19. All the children are infected, but Hannah escapes uninfected thanks to her concern for advice on dealing with the coronavirus.

The book has also been translated into Croatian, Turkish, English, Italian, French and German.

Simaye Sharq Publications published a series of books telling educational stories for children about COVID-19 last October.

The collection consisted of the books “A Bride and Groom Wearing Face Masks” and “The Crow Did Not Reach His Home” by Zahra Musavi, “Take Care That Your Covij Does Not Become 19” by Nastaran Fathi and “Hand washing” by Shahram Rafiei.

Photo: A poster for an international COVID-19 short story writing competition launched by the Iranian House of Book and Literature.

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