Young authors wanted!

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Young authors wanted!

Dear students between Alaska and Hawaii, Tokyo and San Francisco, Irkutsk and Patagonia,  Cape Town and Helsinki, Christchurch and Cairo, Tel Aviv and Moscow, Flensburg and Alanya – in short, anywhere in the world where you attend a Waldorf school:

We want to invite you to take part in a project that is unique in the world. Send us an essay, a philosophical reflection, a poem, a song, a rap, a (short) play or some other piece of writing in which you express your thoughts, feelings, hopes and expectations on the subject of "Where is humankind?" Waldorf 100 is a festival that wants to make the whole world visible in its diversity, beauty and complexity, and because it is of course about you, the students, we also want to hear your voices on such an important question as the one asked here: "Where do humans fit in? Where do you see humankind, what is important in being human, how do you wish a human world of tomorrow to look like?

Please only send us texts that you have written yourself or together with others. Since we want to publish as many texts as possible or even all submitted texts on our homepage www.waldorf-100.org, we need your permission to do so. So please send only texts that you simultaneously release for publication. Depending on the response, we may publish a selection of your texts again in 2019, perhaps as a book or online. It is therefore important that you only send us texts if you agree to their publication.

Of course you can write the texts in your own language, but it is very important that you tell us which language or sometimes which dialect it is. We will then publish them in the original version, but also in a German, English and Spanish translation, if the text allows this (with poems or other rhyming texts this is not always possible). If you send it to us in two languages, we would be very happy!

Besides, it would be great if you could send us some information about yourself, besides your name, your country, your school and your class (these four pieces of information are mandatory to make sure that no one else sneaks in...): What would you like to tell us about your country or yourself, why did you send us this text?

We are looking forward to your feedback! Please send us your text in one of these formats: DOC, DOCX, TXT or ODT by e-mail attachment.

If you want to add a photo, please get permission in advance that all people on it agree to its publication. We are happy to receive photos without this permission (which you have to add to the photo), but then would not be allowed to post it online.

Henning Kullak-Ublick greets you on behalf of our Waldorf 100-team

6 Comments

  1. Joan Hourican on 29.04.2018 at 19:30

    Dear Henning,
    My 6th grade students have varying levels of writing abilities. I have helped them to correct grammar and spelling, but have not suggested any major edits to their work. May I send to you the essays of each of my students or should I send to you the most advanced writing?

    Thank you,
    Joan

    1. Henning Kullak-Ublick on 30.04.2018 at 06:27

      Dear Joan,
      it is not really possible to decide without knowing the essays. Originally, this project was meant for high-school students, but we decided to include selected contributions from younger students as well. This would recommend some pre-selection on your side, however.
      Thank you - and we are looking forward to the contributions of your students.
      Henning

  2. Miriam Mimms on 25.04.2018 at 23:35

    Dear Henning,

    Thank you for responding.

    Q: Are middle school submissions acceptable if they can be performed?

    Q: Does that mean you are okay with non-play submissions, as specified?
    "an essay, a philosophical reflection, a poem, a song, a rap, a (short) play or some other piece of writing in which you express your thoughts, feelings, hopes and expectations on the subject of "Where is humankind?"

    Kind regards,
    Miriam

    1. Celia on 26.04.2018 at 09:44

      Dear Miriam,

      of course the submissions are accepted from pupils of all ages and you are right: we are okay with non-play ones as well, as it is specified above.

      Kind regards,
      Celia

  3. Miriam Mimms on 24.04.2018 at 19:34

    Greetings from Nashville, Tennessee, USA!

    Can you please tell us what ages or grades are invited to participate in this project? Our school serves Early Childhood through 8th grade. Thanks very much.

    Mimms Mimms
    Linden Waldorf School

    1. Henning Kullak-Ublick on 25.04.2018 at 15:11

      Dear Miriam, so far, the jury has not decided upon which play they choose. This will actually only be done in January 2019. As far as we can see, the plays which have been sent in aim at students from higher grades, however.
      But we would like to encourage all students and teachers to send us their own plays, essays, poems etc. on the question "Where is humankind?", if they agree that these can be performed by other schools around the world. This agreement would last until the end of 2020, but since teachers who wish to adopt one or more of these texts are required to get in touch with the authors, that should cause no problems.
      All the best, Henning

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