Creative Writing Contest for Non-Native Speakers

By Daria Radler

When I entered a cre­ative writ­ing con­test for non-native speak­ers of Eng­lish, the 2014 Dani­il Pashkoff Prize, I nev­er imag­ined I would win 3rd prize in the cat­e­go­ry for “Prose — 20 and Over.” Par­tic­i­pat­ing in this con­test has been an intrigu­ing and chal­leng­ing expe­ri­ence that has helped me to grow on a lit­er­ary as well as on a per­son­al lev­el – an expe­ri­ence that I would rec­om­mend to any lit­er­ary enthu­si­ast out there. The next prize will be award­ed in two years: A new con­test, a new oppor­tu­ni­ty to become part of an inspir­ing and cre­ative lit­er­ary cir­cle, and a new expe­ri­ence of cre­ative sto­ry writ­ing that I wouldn’t want to miss.

PortraitMy short sto­ry “Coloured Des­per­a­tion” tells of the strug­gles that a young moth­er expe­ri­ences in the trou­bled rela­tion­ship with her autis­tic son. Torn between her desire for a peace­ful state of mind, her yearn­ing for a bet­ter life, and her respon­si­bil­i­ties as a car­ing moth­er, Lib­by is con­front­ed with every­day chal­lenges and a sit­u­a­tion that might turn out to be the turn­ing point in her life.

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