Esch 2022
Esch 2022

Prix Laurence Competition Rules

  • The Prix Laurence rewards works of all literary genres written in Luxembourgish, German, French, English, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Italian by young authors of all nationalities aged between 12 and 26.
  • The age of the participants is the age at which the text is uploaded to the site.
  • There is no set theme and the subjects are entirely free.
  • Each participant guarantees the originality of the texts he/she submits and the texts submitted must be unpublished. They may not be published or distributed by any means, either in full or in extracts, before the publication of the competition results.
  • Entries must be uploaded on the website www.prixlaurence.lu in the section "Rules and Submissions" / "Submission Form".
  • Participants will be judged in 2 age categories: 12-17 years and 18 - 26 years.
  • The Luxembourg, Lithuanian, Italian and Portuguese juries will be composed of members who have distinguished themselves in the field of literature by their diplomas, publications or profession. The deliberations of the juries will take place behind closed doors. The decisions of the jury are final. The jury will not answer any questions from participants regarding the results of the competition.
  • Texts in Lithuanian, Italian and Portuguese will be submitted for pre-selection to a jury located in Lithuania, Italy and Portugal. These texts will then be translated into English or French and submitted to the Luxembourgish jury for final selection.
  • The grand finale will take place on 24 April 2022 in Bettembourg (L). The presence of all finalists in the age category 18 to 26 years is mandatory. In case of non-attendance, the authors will be excluded from the competition.
  • During the final on Sunday, 24 April 2022, the finalists will have to read their text in front of the jury and the public, if necessary only an extract from the pre-selected text. This reading is limited to 7 minutes per participant.
  • The finalists and winners in the age category 12 to 17 will be announced at the grand finale on 24 April 2022 and will be informed by email on 25 April 2022. 
  • The finalists present at the finale are invited to participate in a 5-day author residency starting 25 April 2022 in Bettembourg (L) where workshops, sightseeing, debates around literature are on the agenda. They will stay with host families residing in the municipality of Bettembourg (L), selected by the organisers.
  • Deadline for participation is 31 October 2021 at 23:59 (GMT +1 time zone)
  • Texts that are vulgar or that advocate political or religious proselytism or hate speech will not be accepted.
  • All texts submitted will become part of the Prix Laurence archives and will be visible on the website www.prixlaurence.lu
  • The texts of the finalists will be published in an anthology, the right of use is the responsibility of the Municipality of Bettembourg.