The appointment with the ‘Save your local language’ award is back

The literary competition promoted by the Ministry of Education and Unpli, in collaboration with Ali Lazio and the Eip Italia association school instrument of peace

There is time until March 31 to participate in the “School” section of the national literary prize dedicated to dialects “Save your local language”. The initiative is back after a three-year hiatus, due to the pandemic emergency, and is aimed at students of primary, lower and lower secondary schools throughout the country, individually or in groups. The announcement and the info to participate are available on the award website.

The “School” section of the “Save your local language” literary competition is promoted by the Ministry of Education and the National Union of Pro Loco d’Italia (Unpli Aps) and by Ali Lazio in collaboration with the School Association Pace (EIP). During the previous editions, more than 140 institutes participated and more than 600 works received for the “School” section.

There are three sections, all with a free theme: “Poetry”, “Prose” and “Music”. Poetry Section: each institute may send up to three poems of a maximum of 90 verses (with relative translation into Italian), selected by the institute itself from the works of the participating students. Prose Section: each school will be able to send a work in prose (short story, story, fable, with relative translation into Italian) of no more than two folders (3600 characters including spaces), selected by the Institute itself among the works of the participating students . Music section: each institute may send up to 3 musical compositions, accompanied by text (with relative translation into Italian) and music, (recorded on MP3 files or similar formats – maximum duration of 5 minutes). Entries must be sent exclusively by means of the online form which can be accessed from the announcement page.

A jury of specialists, coordinated by Eip Italia, will evaluate the entries and decide the winners and any honorable mentions. The members for the year 2022/23 are: Elio Pecora (President); Anna Paola Tantucci, President of EIP (Coordinator); Francesco Rovida; Catia Fierli; Teresa Lombardo; Louis Matthew; Guido Tracanna; Anna Paudice; Pasquale Menchise; Maria Costanza Cipullo.

The first three classified in each section will be awarded, with a plaque and the publication of their works in the final anthology of winners and finalists, during the awards ceremony. The Jury will also be able to award honorable mentions and special prizes for the various Sections to works that have distinguished themselves and to local personalities for the dissemination of the Prize and collaboration with schools. Furthermore, recognitions are also foreseen for the territories and schools. The first three classified in the School Section “Witnesses of the Genius loci” for the Presidents of the Pro Loco Unpli who have distinguished themselves for the dissemination of the Competition and the collaboration with the schools of their territory (they will be selected by the jury on the basis of the documentation attached to the works received); the first three classified in the School Section of “Connoisseurs of local dialects and languages” of Unpli and Eip Italia who will offer their collaboration to local schools for the works and events to participate in the Competition (upon recommendation from the schools and of the Pro loco presenting the works).

The “Save your local language” award was created with the aim of enhancing writers and poets who express themselves in their local languages, in harmony with the UNESCO Convention on the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and to involve schools to raise awareness among students on the protection and safeguarding the Italian linguistic heritage. The professor. Tullio De Mauro was one of the initiative’s main supporters. The award has received recognition and patronage from the Presidency of the Republic, the Senate of the Republic, the Chamber of Deputies, the Italian Commission for Unesco and the Ministry of Culture.