Literary Contest - Novels for Youth 2020 - Applications are open  23/01/2020
Literary Contest - Novels for Youth 2020 - Applications are open
Aġenzija Żgħażagħ together with Kunsill Nazzjonali tal-Ktieb annually organise ‘Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ’ which is a writing contest that selects, rewards and publishes Maltese novels written specifically for young people, and that explore themes related to adolescence and the typical situations young people at this stage of their lives are likely to encounter.  The aim is to gradually increase the availability of Maltese literature in this genre, thus sparking young people’s interest and motivation to read books written in Maltese.

Furthermore, the organisers aspire at promoting excellence by awarding works of a high literary content.  As a result young people will benefit from an increase in the available number of books targeted for their age group, which will stimuate them to embark on new and exciting reading experiences.

Applications for the 2020 edition of the contest are now open and all interested authors are invited to submit original texts of between 20,000 – 25,000 words aimed at young adults 13-18 years.  Applicants can be individuals or groups and the manuscripts have to be submitted under a nom de plume.  All applicants must be at least 20 years old.  The work must be original, in the Maltese language and never been published before, either whole or in parts.

Applications for ‘Konkors ta’ Kitba – Letteratura għaż-Żgħażagħ 2020’ can be downloaded here

Guidelines for the contest can be downloaded here

For more information, kindly contact Aġenzija Żgħażagħ on 22586700 or by email on

Original manuscripts together with this year’s official Application Form are to reach Aġenzija Żgħażagħ by noon 7 September 2020