“World Tales” Short Story Competition


Published: Friday, 11 September 2020

15 October 2020

Who may enter
Participants must be between 12 and 18 years old (inclusive). 

The competition is organised by UNESCO and the Idries Shah Foundation, which is an independent educational and cultural charity based in London.

Young teenagers from all over the globe are invited to write about challenges of today and tomorrow in the format of a short story, and share their perspectives. The theme of this 2020 First Edition is “Once upon a time in my future”. 

Entries must be:
• Short stories of 250 to 500 words;
• Typed in English or French using Arial 12-point Regular font;
• Original unpublished works of fiction;
• Stories on the potential for future societies to be fair, inclusive, peaceful, resilient, sustainable and/or tolerant.

Entry fee
The competition is free to enter.

The Idries Shah Foundation will publish the work of the 21 laureates in a special edition hardcover book. All winning laureates will receive a copy of the book.

The 7 Gold laureates will each receive an iPad.

Competition website
For further information visit official website https://en.unesco.org/news/unesco-and-idries-shah-foundation-launch-world-tales-short-story-competition