The Application Period for the Stories Contest for the Danube River Has Been Extended

The Application Period for the Stories Contest for the Danube River Has Been Extended

The Diversity in Unity Project, run by the Hungarian Cultural Centre, which is funded under the Intercultural Dialogue Programme, extended the application period for the Stories contest on the Danube River.


The Intercultural Dialogue Programme, which began last February, has set out to strengthen cultural dialogue between the European Union and Turkey. One of the four projects co-financed by the European Union and the Republic of Turkey, and run by cultural actors of Europe, is the ‘Diversity in Unity: Intercultural Dialogue in Danube Waves’ Project, designed and implemented by the Hungarian Cultural Centre.  The project supports activities that bring together the cultural richness and history of the countries across Danube River and connects with each other and contribute to the improvement of inter-societal dialogue from Germany to Turkey.



One of the activities of the project, which is being held in partnership with the Türkiye Avrupa Vakfı, and Kalem Kültür Derneği, is a story contest named ‘Danube River Stories — the Danube and its Countries’. Everyone between the ages of 18 and 30 can enter the competition, which aims to support the story of the Danube’s cultural diversity. At the end of the competition, 10 selected stories will be published in a book in 3 languages: English, Turkish, and Hungarian. The storieswill also be promoted to the world of international literature through the release of a book at the 2020 Budapest International Book Fair. The selected stories are also featured as audiobooks, and will be published by ‘Storytel’, which offers free 6-month membership in this audiobook site.


As part of the dialogue project, there are also opportunities to attend events in Istanbul, Ankara, Kayseri, Mersin, Çorum, Trabzon, Tekirdağ and Bursa.


The deadline for the competition, which is to be judged by the jury, Fuat Sevimay, and Hakan Akdoğan, was extended to Wednesday (October 9th).


How to apply?

The competition for Turkey’s 18-30-year-olds requires stories to be unpublished before and no more than 10,000 characters including spaces.

Simply prepare your story and submit your application to

The result will be announced on on 11 November 2019.