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The Global Dialogues Writing Contest On Social Ills

The Global Dialogues Writing Contest On Social Ills

You are invited to come up with an original idea for a short film about HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against girls or women, or drugs, alcohol and sex. You can create a fictional story or share a true story that you have experienced. The best ideas will be adapted by professionals and turned into films by some of world’s greatest directors and young cinema talents. The contest is a unique opportunity for young people to break the ice on taboo subjects and share their views with others – including members of their own family – often for the first time in their lives.


Stories about HIV/AIDS, sexuality, violence against girls or women, or drugs, alcohol and sex


GDT (The Global Dialogues Trust)

The Global Dialogues Writing Contest On Social Ills


Grand Prize: US$2,500

Second Place: US$1,250

Third Place: US$625

Honorable Mention: US$125 (20 prizes)

Winning ideas are turned into Global Dialogues films by some of the planet’s premier directors and by emerging cinema talents, reaching over 200,000,000 people online and on TV every year.


31 March 2015.


  • Participants create fictional stories or tell true stories that they have experienced and want people to know about.
  • All the stories are studied by juries who not only select the winners, but also gain a much deeper understanding of young people’s thoughts and feelings. The jurors’ main job is to listen and to learn from young people; they then share that new knowledge with key decision makers.
  • The Global Dialogues contest is open to ALL young people WORLDWIDE who will be under the age of 25 on 31 March 2015. (If you are older than that, you may participate by working in a team led by someone who is under 25.)
  • It’s up to you to decide what form your idea will take. Most participants in Global Dialogues contests write short stories, but you can also send in a video, a theatre piece, a comic strip, a song, a poem… anything is possible as long as the text is in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Kiswahili, Hindi, Mandarin, Russian, Bahasa Indonesia or German.
  • If you write a story, it may be up to 10 pages long (maximum!). Recorded songs or videos may not be longer than 10 minutes.
  • As you create your idea, please talk to organizations or individuals in your community who can provide you with good information on the contest issues, or visit credible sources of information online.
  • You can take part alone or in a team. Working in a team has its advantages. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the issues together and to learn what other people think and feel. Each team must choose a leader.
  • Each participant (or the team leader) must fill in the Participant Questionnaire. So, to participate in the contest, you must provide two things: your contest entry and your completed Questionnaire.
  • Submit your entry here.


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