Young Indonesian writers awarded EU prize in "Our Ocean" Short Story Contest
The 10 winners of the "Our Ocean" Short Story Writing Contest – organised by the Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia – received their prizes in an award ceremony held in Jakarta on Wednesday (28 March). The ceremony was attended by the Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries H.E. Susi Pudjiastuti, EU Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Vincent Guérend and Ambassadors of EU Member States.
The EU has a long commitment with Indonesia to protect the oceans and keep them clean, well-managed and alive. "Our policy and strategy leads to achieving a balance between economic growth, global security and good ocean governance," said EU Ambassador Vincent Guérend.
Vincent Guérend also explained that, through this contest, the EU Delegation wants to raise awareness on our shared responsibility for preserving the oceans through the stories written by young Indonesians. The EU Delegation was overwhelmed by the number of entries, from writers as young as 12 years old, which shows the high enthusiasm and concern towards the oceans and issues related to it. "I am impressed by the stories written by these talented young writers, which take place in cities and islands we know, and by the fantasy stories, time-travel stories that inspire us to participate in conserving the ocean," Ambassador Guérend added.
The short story writing contest was jointly launched by the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Indonesia, Luhut Panjaitan and the European Commissioner for Transport, Violeta Bulć during her visit to Indonesia on 29 September 2017. The contest is aimed at continuing the awareness raising efforts of “Our Ocean” conference, hosted by the EU in Malta in 2017 to be followed by Bali on 28-29 October 2018.
The participants of the contest were all young Indonesians under the age of 26 who are able to write in one of the 24 official languages of the European Union. The EU Delegation received over 250 stories in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch. 207 stories matched the criteria of the competition. From those 207 stories, nine stories in English and one in French were selected by the jury. The winners were announced in December 2017 and all are women with an average age of 19 years.