100 szóban Budapest 2014-2023

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What is “Budapest in 100 words”?

“Budapest in 100 words” is organized in 2019 for the sixth time. The story writing competition is for those who feel for the city so much that they just want to put it into words, though maximum into 100 ones. The appeal was first launched in Budapest in 2014 by the Mindspace team. We asked everybody to write about Budapest, to share what do they think or how do they feel about the city. The story can be about anything from a random thought that hits you on the subway, through a snapped moment on the street, to a fear or even an image from a dream. The call has only one important term: the story can not be longer than 100 words. The beauty of the whole contest lies in its simplicity. What does the city mean to its inhabitants or even those who only visited once or passed through it a couple times? What kind of stories, memories, feelings, impressions do they have related to the places, events or people of the city?

In the last five years, we have received more than 5000 stories. We are really glad that the stories were not only sent via email, but also by post: handwritten pages and words typed on old typewriters. This year was also characterized by exciting and stunning wordings, impressive contemporary illustrations and the beautiful, striking people and human destinies behind them.
The members of the jury are Juli Jakab, Kriszta Székely, Dániel Viktor Nagy and Pista Busa. The jury has the difficult task of selecting the best 100, the best 12 and the best 3 submissions. The best 100 stories are not only available online on the Mindspace website but also in printed, pocketbook version. The first three prize winners receive gratuity and from this year there is a special prize for the ones under 18 years old.

The best 12 pieces got illustrated by Hungarian graphic designers and were exhibited at a public gallery which was opened to the visitors. Moreover during the award giving ceremony the audience could listen to three musical composition which were inspired by and also worded the same as 3 stories out of the best 12.

The original idea of the contest was developed in Chile 15 years ago; it was called “Santiago in 100 Words”. In 2001, in Santiago, the Plagio, the Minera Escondida and the metro of Santiago worked in cooperation to launch this project, in which anyone could participate by submitting a story of maximum 100 words in connection to the city. In the following years, this initiative evolved to be the most important literary contest in the country.

For the Budapest edition, the core idea is also to connect literature with the city life within the framework of a dynamic project, as it was in Santiago. Besides the motivating power for the citizens to write their own stories, the project encourages and facilitates the citizens of Budapest to pay more attention to the urban environment while taking a little cultural break. The contest intends to provide opportunities to share feelings, adventures, thoughts, worries and wishes about our city.

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What is “Budapest in 100 words”?
“Budapest in 100 words” is a story writing contest. The stories can contain maximum 100 words and have to be related somehow to Budapest. According to the plans of the organisers, the winner stories will appear in public places and will be published on several media surfaces. The project is organised by the Mindspace Non-profit Ltd. in cooperation with Plagio, the Chilean organisation who created the original idea.
What is the main aim of the project?
The project encourages conscious participation in the city’s cultural life and create more colorful and vivid public places by placing literary texts and illustrations outdoors. At the same time the project enables us to see what citizens think about Budapest nowadays.
Who can participate in the contest?
Anybody can participate in the contest, except the members of the Mindspace Non-profit Ltd.
What are the concours’ deadline?
The call is be open from the 21st of May until the 30th of July.
What are the criterias of the stories?
The subject of the story has to be related somehow to Budapest. The number of the words of the story (without the title) can not exceed 100 words and it can not be a story which was previously published. The work should be sent by its author. We only accept stories written in Hungarian. If any of the above mentioned criterias are violated, the candidate can be ruled out.
How many stories can be submitted by a writer?
Each participant can submit maximum 5 stories as described on the www.100szobanbudapest.hu (upload, via e-mail, by post).
Who will read and review the stories?
The members of the jury will review the works and select the finalists and the winners.
How do you assure fairness of the contest?
The members of the jury have no access to the personal data of the writers in any stages of the competition. The works received via internet are read with the help of a software, which shows only the code of the story. In the case of the stories which are sent by post, the personal data should be sent in a closed envelope, which will be opened only after the best stories are selected.
How can I apply?
The works can be sent via www.100szobanbudapest.hu or by post as well. In the letter case one should send the story under a pen name. All the personal data of the writer should be put in a closed envelope placed in a bigger one. The address is: Lumen Kávézó, 1088 Budapest, Mikszáth Kálmán tér 2.
What are the prizes?
The jury selects the 12 finalists and out of them selects the 3 best stories. Among the 3 winners 150000 HUF cash prize is divided. The 12 finalists are illustrated by contemporary Hungarian artists and according to the organizers plan, they will be published and exhibited at indoor and outdoor public places.
Where the stories get published and how they will be circulated?
The 12 best stories will appear on different media surfaces, at public places, furthermore at the award ceremony. The 100 best stories will be available online and also will be published as a small pocket book.
Do you count the articles as words?
Do you count the staves as words?
Do you count the words of the title as well, when you sum the number of words?
Can the story be shorter than 100 words?
What does it mean, that the story should be connected to the city?
The content can be about the life in the city, about the everyday urban life or even miracles. Any story, dream, tale, really anything happenes, once thought in the city. The jury will handle this in a broad sense.
How come participants online do not have to use a pen name?
The online system guarantees the anonimity of the writer by creating a code, which is the only data that the jury can see about the writer, when reviewing the stories.
How will be the finalists notified?
The organizers of the contest will get in touch with the 12 finalists right after the jury made its decision. The 3 winners will be announced at the award giving ceremony.
How can I get in touch with the organizers in case of any mistakes, or if amendments needed in the personal information?
In case of any questions or misunderstanding, please e-mail the organizers at info@100szobanbudapest.hu, who will be at your disposal.
What rights the organizers and the writers have regarding the submitted stories?
By applying to the competition, the writer accepts automatically the above mentioned rules and gives the rights to the organizers to edit, publish, circulate or copy the submissions. The writers will not receive further compensations after entering their stories to the contest.


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