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Take part in a writing contest!


Helsinki City Library will be organising a writing contest for young people and adults around the theme of hope.

Hope is always directed at the future, and writing is a process of making connections. The idea of the contest is to create hope through writing in the midst of these uncertain and isolated times.

The contest involves two categories. The youth category is for people between the ages of 12 and 20. The adult category is for persons aged 21 and above.

In terms of text format and type, there are no restrictions, but the works may not exceed five pages in length. Anyone can take part in the contest from anywhere in Finland in Finnish, Swedish or English. In both categories, the three top entrants will receive a gift card to a book shop (75, 50 and 30 euros).

The contest period is 14.12.2020–8.2.2021. The winners will be announced on 1.3.2021.

The best pieces of writing will be published on the Helmet website of the metropolitan area libraries. The library reserves the right to publish contest entries free of charge.

The panel of judges for the contest will be formed by the expert readers of Helsinki City Library.

Please provide the following details with our contest entry:, name, age, address, telephone number and e-mail address

Please send contest entries by e-mail to or by post to Keskustakirjasto Oodi/Kirjoituskilpailu, Töölönlahdenkatu 4, 00100 Helsinki.

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