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On 23 May last the small town of Muret in Haute-Garonne hosted the prize-giving
ceremony for the Young Writer's Award and the Young Francophone Writer's Award,
an event organised with the support of the Fondation
BNP Paribas
. The Young Writer's Award, which was instituted in 1985, is
conferred annually for an unpublished work of prose of between five and twenty-five
pages from a young author aged between fifteen and twenty-five years. In 1998
the organisers decided to add a Young Francophone Writer's Award (for works
by French speakers from outside France).

Going from strength to strength
This year 1,141 manuscripts from 56 different countries (of which 660 from France
and 481 from abroad) were submitted by writers with their eyes set on Muret.
Thanks to the support provided by the Fondation BNP Paribas, the Agence Intergouvernementale
de la Francophonie and Radio France Internationale, public interest in the Young
Writer's and Young Francophone Writer's Awards is growing yearly and extends
over the five continents. Hence the importance of the 230 committees set up
all over France to read the works and select a number of them for submission
to a jury made up of writers and literary critics. This jury, which was chaired
by the 1978 winner of the Prix Goncourt for Short Story Writing, Christiane
Baroche, then short-listed twelve finalists.

The 2003 prize-winners The
award ceremony, which is above all a celebration of youth, singled out seven
French and seven foreign writers. The Young Writer's Award went to Hugo Lanchon-Armand,
aged 23 from Paris, for "Les trois morts de Danton" and the Young Francophone
Writer's Award to Alexandre Boldrini, a 22-year-old Italian, for "Dès
la première seconde de solitude".

As Marc Sebbah, founding chairman of the association, was glad to point out
during the award ceremony, all these numerous manuscripts have converged on
Muret "in a year in which unrest has taken ascendancy over peace …
showing that writing can be experienced not only as an aspiration but also as
hope".


The members of the jury for the Young Writer's Award were

Alain Absire, Prix Femina 1987
Christiane Baroche, Prix Goncourt for Short-Story Writing 1978, Chairperson
Michèle Capdequi, Bookseller
Georges-Olivier Chateaureynaud, Prix Renaudot 1982
Paule Constant, Amnesty International Award 1983
Patrice Delbourg, Prix Appolinaire 1996
Christine Goeme, journalist (France Culture)
Richard Lagrange, Regional Director for Cultural Affairs in Midi-Pyrénées
Claude Pujade-Renaud, Prix Goncourt des Lycéens 1994


The members of the jury for the Young Francophone Writer's Award were

Christiane Baroche, Prix Goncourt for Short-Story Writing 1978, Chairperson
Claude Beausoleil, Prix Alain Grandbois of the Quebec Académie des Lettres
Abdelkader Djemaï, Prix Tropique 1995
Vénus Khoury-Ghata, Prix Mallarmé and Grand Prix de la Société des Gens de Lettres
François Lalande, Prix du Public Strasbourg 1987
Eduardo Manet, Prix Interallié 1996
Anna Moï, Writer
Boniface Mongo-Mboussa, Author and journalist


The awards
The Young Writer'sThe Young Francophone Writer's Awards

1st Prize: LES TROIS MORTS DE DANTON
Hugo LANCHON-ARMAND (Paris))
Age: 23
2nd Prize: LE JOURNAL DE MARIE
Sarah-Jane LE DEVEDEC (Mont Saint Aignan)
Age: 22
3rd Prize: LE CANARD
Hélène PUJOL (Toulouse)
Age: 24
4th Prize: LE CAHIER
Baptiste LEDAN (Rennes)
Age: 16
5th Prize:PORTRAIT DE LA FEMME
Frédéric ADRIAN (Nancy)
Age: 24
6th Prize: MOI, NOTRE VIE, LEUR OEUVRE
Quentin EVARISTE
Age: 16

1st Prize: DES LA PREMIERE SECONDE DE SOLITUDE
Alexandre BOLDRINI (Italie)
Age: 22
2nd Prize:SOUS LE SIGNE DU SERPENT
Hilaire DOVONON (Bénin)
Age: 25
3rd Prize: JE NE VEUX PAS !
Aline WIAME (Belgique)
Age: 18
4th Prize: UN PASSEUR
Paschal LECLOUX (Belgique)
Age: 17
5th Prize:LA NONNE ET LE MOUCHEUX
Claire-Marie GUERRE (Haïti)
Age: 18
6th Prize: CHINOOK
Mélanie VINCELETTE (Québec)
Age: 26




All the prize-winners in the Francophone category and the winner of the 2nd and 3rd Prizes in the Young Writer's Award will be attending this summer's Writers' Workshops held from 10 to 19 July at the Château de Barbet de Lombez under the
auspices of the Young Writer's Award and led by the writers Alain Absire, Christiane Baroche, Jean-Noël Blanc, Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud, Patrice Delbourg and Sylvain Jouty. The evening entertainment will includes concerts, plays, and a
literary bar.
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To find out more, visit the Young Writer's Award website (in French)