Writing contest: « Send your stories on a journey into space"
As part of the space mission Proxima, is organized the first writing contest launched from the space intended for young people under 25: "Send your stories on a journey into space".
From November 2016 to May 2017, the French astronaut of the European Space Agency (ESA) Thomas Pesquet (10th Frenchman assigned to a space flight) participates in "Proxima", a six-month mission aboard the space station (ISS). Based on Thomas Pesquet's dedication to the work and humanistic values of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,the Labo des histoires and the Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry pour la Jeunesse have created a writing contest: "Send your stories on a journey into space". The "International" category of the competition was developed with the Institut français in Paris.
Thomas Pesquet revealed on 2 January 2017 the theme of the competition in a video recorded and transmitted from space. In The Little Prince, the hero discovers 7 planets and their 7 inhabitants; the astronaut invites the participants to imagine an eighth planet and its inhabitant.
Between January 1 and February 28, 2017, young Francophones under the age of 25 from around the world are invited to publish their texts (2,500 signs maximum) on the theme of the contest via the project platform hosted in Culturethèque: www.missionproxima.com/concours-ecriture.
A jury composed of personalities from aerospace, aeronautics and literature will meet to select the five texts selected in each category ("National" and "International"). Thomas Pesquet will read the texts corresponding to these two "Grand Prix" on April 6, 2017, from the International Space Station.
In the fall 2017, the ten laureates will be invited to Europe for a stay on the theme of space and literature. The contest organizers will take care of the travel and subsistence expenses.
Partners: Labo des histoires, Fondation Antoine de Saint-Exupéry pour la Jeunesse, Agence spatiale européenne, Cité de l’espace, Institut français. Under the high patronage of the Secretary General of the Francophonie, Mrs. Michaëlle Jean.