Today, in the modern digital world, young people don’t develop their writing talents. Instead of doing their own creative thinking, they send each other ‘WhatsApps,’ ‘Instagrams,’ and ‘Smileys.’ If we want to combat assimilation, and encourage people to have a positive view of Israel, we have to use every tool we can. True Jewish literature, movies, paintings, photography, and the like, can be powerful mediums in awakening the heart and inspiring a love for our Homeland and our heritage.
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Beginning writers, ages 15-30.
Short stories are limited to 3,000 words.
The short stories are to be creative works of fiction with backgrounds centering on the following themes: Zionism, Judaism, Jewish History, Jewish Personalities, Jewish Life and Identity, Israel.
April 10, 2019
April 7, 2019
Authors of the 20 stories cited for distinction will be awarded all 3 books of the Tevye in the Promised Land trilogy. 10 awards will be reserved for teenage writers. Awardees will also be invited to participate in the Cherna Moskowitz Creative Writing Workshop.
“Literature will be sanctified, and writers will also sanctify themselves, and the world will rise up and recognize the great and gentle power of a literature that will raise up the spiritual foundation of the world in all of its exaltation.”
(Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, “Orot HaTechiyah, 37).
JEWISH CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP
The 20 winners of the Jewish Short Story Contest are invited to participate in the Jewish Creative Writing Workshop. Ten spots will be reserved for teenagers. The Workshop will include 8 email “workshop sessions” in correspondence with author, Tzvi Fishman. The Workshop will lead participants through the writing of a new short story or short script. Each Workshop session will be preceded by a writing assignment that Mr. Fishman will read and comment upon, accompanying the writer through his or her creation. Assignments will include: What do I want to say: Which Story Form is the Best; Where to Begin; The Outline; Building a Character; Creating Drama, Conflict and Suspense… and more.