JCU Creative Writing Institute Hosts Ceremony for 2014 Italy Writes
On June 19, John Cabot University and the Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation, together with the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa welcomed the finalists of the Italy Writes Creative Writing Competition.
Italy Writes is JCU’s annual writing contest for high school students whose primary language of instruction is not English. This year, 99 students from 25 high schools in 11 cities across Italy participated.
JCU President Franco Pavoncello welcomed the families, friends, and teachers of the aspiring young writers to celebrate their achievements. He encouraged the students to continue to cultivate and nurture their creative voices in English.
Students then read excerpts from their work and were presented with prizes.
Winners in Non-Fiction Category:
1st Place – Elena Placanica, Liceo Classico ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome, for “Sexist Tropes in Mainstream Media”.
2nd Place – Francesca Portante D’Alessandro, Liceo Classico ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome,for “Art and Crime: an Unexpected but Frequent Connection”.
3rd Place – Eleonora Corradi, Liceo Classico ‘Luciano Manara’, Rome, for “Steve Jobs: So Spoke the Senecan Ulysses of Our Times”.
Honorable Mention – Flavia Antonelli, Liceo Statale ‘G. Keplero’, Rome for “To Be or To Have – Between Capitalism and Humanity”.
Winners in Fiction Category:
1st Place – Antonia Belli, Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio, Rome, for “Across the Dark”.
2nd Place – Orazio Argentero, Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio, Rome, for ‘”Hostile Ambient Takeover”.
3rd Place – Simone Crinò, Liceo Classico Luciano Manara, Rome, for “Much Ado About Laughing”.
Honorable Mention – Filippo De Luca, Scuola Svizzera di Roma, Rome, for “Upper Floor”.
Honorable Mention – Emilia Richiello, Liceo Classico Luciano Manara, Rome, for “Logbook”.
Following the award ceremony, winners of the Moved by Wonder Short Story Contest were announced:
1st Place – Anthony Mastroianni
2nd Place – Victor Xavier Zarour Zarzar
Anthony Mastroianni will have his work published as an e-book available on Amazon.com.
Following a light reception, the audience enjoyed readings by students and faculty of JCU’s Summer Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation.