The first edition of the Poeta António Aleixo Creative Writing Contest took place from June 15 to August 23, which brought together more than 70 participants.
During this period, the five judges (Analita Alves dos Santos, António Manuel Venda, David Roque, Fábio Nobre, José Teiga) analyzed 700 texts, in 10 stages, and the final results attributed the victory to Clara Andrade. Ana Simão was the 2nd classified and Carlos Musga, the 3rd classified.
Clara Andrade, the winner of this first edition is 58 years old, lives in Portimão, is a librarian by profession and composed the work And above all, the camellias, narrative with an intimate and poetic rhythm, addressing the ontological feeling of the abyss, of the self, of the relationship with the other, but also of joy and returns.
Ana Simão, the 2nd classified, 55 years old, resident in Santarém, writer, created the work The Buzia, which presents in a punctuated dialogue writing, old age, memories and the blurred line between sanity and madness or abnormality, in a narrative action of sinuous and enticing lines.
Carlos Musga, 3rd classified, 65 years old, resident in Azeitão, retired, proposed the final work They're good people, a very Portuguese story based on portraits of ordinary people (or not) based on good-natured and loose-feathered writing, in which one also meditates on the complexity of life and its fragility.
The first three classifieds will have their works published in a collection published by the publisher OnYva. The first place winner also receives a monetary prize in the amount of 1000 euros.
The award ceremony will take place on February 18, 2021, António Aleixo's birth date.
The Poeta António Aleixo Creative Writing Competition is a journey of literary obstacles that promotes the imaginative robustness of the participants. Over 10 stages, each one, with the theme of a block by the great popular poet of the Algarve, intends to give competitors the basic idea for the construction of a transformative and relevant narrative, with a beginning, middle and end.
The António Aleixo Foundation sponsors the Poet António Aleixo Writing Contest. The Municipality of Loulé supported the publication of the collection of this first edition.
The António Aleixo Foundation, created on May 25, 1995, is a private, non-profit and public utility institution, with social, cultural, artistic and scientific objectives. The Foundation is committed to contributing to the development of the municipality of Loulé through a series of activities, with emphasis on social action projects for children, youth and the elderly, cultural initiatives, editorial, training and educational activities. animation and the granting of scholarships to economically deprived students.
The present creative writing contest resulted from a challenge launched by two Algarvians to the António Aleixo Foundation: Analita Alves dos Santos, leader of the Creative Writing Club for Young People at the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Municipal Library, in Portimão, and David Roque, leader of the Clube de Creative Writing at Lagoa Municipal Library.