The Argentine writer Mariana Enríquez will be part of the new edition of Santiago in 100 words


The short story competition “Santiago en 100 Palabras”, presented by the Plagio Foundation, has announced the new programming and the call for its XXII version.

“We are very happy to announce the programming of the new version of ‘Santiago in 100 Words’, which will feature a series of activities to bring people together around creative writing and seeking to reclaim the city through culture. As the Plagio Foundation we are convinced of the transformative power of creativity and how the city can be transformed thanks to it,” comments Carmen García Palma, Executive Director of the Plagio Foundation.

The new version of “Santiago in 100 Words” will be open from December 17, 2022 to April 28, 2023, inviting people of all ages to write stories in up to 100 words. The aim of the competition is to inspire the community in various ways so that they can share experiences, dreams or reflections on their life in the city.

In addition, the exceptional writer and journalist Mariana Enríquez, considered one of the essential authors of current Latin American and world literature, will arrive in Chile. Registered in the group of the so-called “new Argentine narrative”, Enríquez will give a keynote speech in Santiago in face-to-face format which is scheduled for April next year.

Among his works are: The things we lost in the fire (2016), book of short stories translated into more than twenty languages ​​and awarded the Ciutat de Barcelona Prize; and the novel Our night part (2019), with which he has obtained several awards, one of the most relevant is the Herralde Novel Prize of Editorial Anagrama.

Throughout the call process, the contest will conduct various free activities open to the public, including keynote speeches, creative writing workshops in schools, tours of undiscovered locations in the city, and massive book handouts featuring the best stories from the latest release of the contest, among others.

“As a company we have been part of Santiago en 100 Palabras for more than twenty years. We have witnessed how the city has changed through the thousands of stories received each year. We invite the whole community to be part of the 2023 program and to continue building this great collective story that is Santiago in 100 words”, comments Álvaro Tapia, director of social value of Escondida | CV.

Promotion of creative writing in children and young people

With the aim of continuing to encourage creative writing and reading among children and young people, the Children’s and Youth Book Fair of Santiago will be held in 100 words, with the participation of several national publishers. This activity will take place on Saturday, February 25 at the Latin American Interactive Library for Children and Youth (Ventura Lavalle 470, Santiago).

Along the same lines, in the months of March and April the competition will massively deploy its educational axis with more than 150 free creative writing workshops in educational establishments throughout the Metropolitan Region. There will be more than 5 thousand students who will have the opportunity to receive tools that allow them to create stories.

The new version of the competition will be launched with a Creative Park

The XXII version of “Santiago in 100 Words” will be launched on Saturday 17 December at the Parque Forestal. In a free activity, called Creative Park, open to families and people of all ages, the 2023 call will be launched with the presence of comedian Paloma Salas and actress Elisa Zulueta, who will tell stories, secrets and anecdotes about the city.

As part of this launch event, there will be storytelling by the famous storyteller Nicolás Toro, hundreds of copies of the new book with the 100 best stories from the latest edition of the contest will be distributed free of charge and there will be a special space for children so that may they experience a creative morning.

22 years of history that tell the story of life in the city

“Santiago in 100 Words” has established itself as one of the most important literary competitions in the country and in Latin America. Since 2002 it has received almost 1 million short stories, published by 1,500 authors aged 5 to 88, awarded 244 people from various municipalities in the country and distributed 1,300,000 books free of charge.

From Santiago, the En 100 Palabras contests have also reached other regions of Chile such as Antofagasta, Biobío, Araucanía and Magallanes, among others. On the other hand, for a decade it has also reached various cities of the world such as Budapest, Medellín, Bogotá, Cali, Boston, Puebla, Bratislava, Warsaw and Prague have welcomed the project.

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