John Cabot University Announces Italy Writes 2012 Italy Writes

On June 21st, JCU Summer 2012 Writer in Residence Joyce Carol Oates and Professor of English Carlos Dews welcomed a crowd of high school students and members of the JCU Community in the Aula Magna Regina for the first Italy Writes Creative Writing Contest Awards Ceremony.

Students from all over Italy sent a total of 135 entries, divided between fiction and non-fiction, which were read by a mixed committee of judges from John Cabot University and the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program. Six finalists were chosen – three per category – and they read an excerpt from their work during June 20th’s public reading, attended by students and JCU’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation faculty.

The following evening, Simone Possenti from Liceo Carducci in Milan and Francesco Tavani from Liceo Visconti in Rome were announced as winners by Joyce Carol Oates, and received their prize, an Apple iPad.

The finalists were:

3rd Place
Elisabetta Petrucci, Liceo Classico Statale ‘Socrate’, Rome, for ‘Behind the Appearance: The Thousand Faces of Life – in Search of identity’
2nd Place
Raffaella Maggi, Liceo Classico ‘Gaetano De Sanctis’, Rome, for ‘The Dark Side of Love’
1st Place
Simone Possenti, Liceo Classico Statale ‘G. Carduccì’, Milan, for ‘Fairy Time’

3rd Place
Elena Mastrogregori, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘E.Q. Visconti’ Rome, for ‘The Green Line’
2nd Place 
Daniele Morrone, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome, for ‘Invisible’
1st Place
Francesco Tavani, Liceo Ginnasio Statale ‘E. Q. Visconti’, Rome, for ‘Tears in the Sea’

About Italy Writes

Building on the tremendous success of its Italy Reads program, JCU has launched Italy Writes, a national English-language writing competition for Italian high school students that includes on its panel of judges professors from one of America’s most highly-ranked creative writing centers: the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Italy Writes engages high school students in the development of their English creative-writing skills and is open to all students enrolled in Italian high schools that do not have English as the primary language of instruction. Students compete annually for awards for the best creative writing piece in the genres of fiction and nonfiction.