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Contest and Invitation For Poets – The 8th European Facebook Poetry Festival


Poets from all European countries and from all over the world are invited to participate in the 8th EUROPEAN FACEBOOK POETRY FESTIVAL which will take place on the 11th and the 12th of March 2017 i Novi Sad, Serbia, at Master Hall of Novi Sad Fair, during the 23rd International Book Fair. The festival is organized by Banat Cultural Center (BKC) and Novi Sad Fair.

EUROPEAN FACEBOOK POETRY FESTIVAL wants to prove that poetry is an universal creation of human spirit which does not recognize borders and barriers among poets, nations, countries and languages.

The aim of the festival is the gathering of the poets who cooperate on Facebook (by publishing their poems, reading and commenting on each other's poetry), and we want them  to meet, to get to know each other in person at the Festival, to hear each other reciting their verses and transform their virtual literary communication into communication in the real world. If anyone is unable to attend, they can still participate at the Festival by posting their poems on the wall of the Festival's Facebook profile: European Facebook Poetry Festival.

How to register: Send one unpublished poem written in your native language and your personal data (name, surname, address, phone number) on the following email address: fejsbukfestival@gmail.com The deadline for submission is the 10th of February. We kindly ask the poets to state in their application whether they will be attending the festival or taking part via Facebook. The poets' participation schedule for the 11th  and  12th of March  and the exact program of the Festival will be announced in due time.

Judging poems that are received at this year's competition will be conducted in two steps. The winners of the previous six festivals will select the poems that will be shortlisted (each member of the first instance jury selects 5 poems), while the second instance jury, from a short list, chooses the main winner of the festival.

Members of the first instance jury:  Branka Korać (Netherlands), Jelena Ćirić (Czech Republic), Mitko Gogov (Macedonia), Bogdanka Rakić (Germany), Igor Varga Group Poeziranje (Montenegro), Dejan Popovoć, Group Poeziranje (Montenegro), Elena Askarova (Russia), Mensur Ćatić (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Boris Lazic (France), Igor Trpčeski (Macedonia), Todora Škoro (Serbia) and Aleksandra Luthander (Sweden).
Members of the jury of second instance: Simon Grabovac (chairman), dr Zoran Djeric, Franja Petrinović, Goran Ibrajter and Radovan Vlahović.

Poems that will be shortlisted will be printed in a special anthology. The author of the best poem will be awarded with a publication of her/his new book of poetry. All the poems submitted for the contest will be published in the same anthology.

 All the people who write poetry, regardless of their age, gender, religion, nationality or profession have the right to participate at the festival.

Approximately 500 poets from about 20 countries applied for the 7th EUROPEAN FACEBOOK POETRY FESTIVAL that took place at The Book Fair in Novi Sad and about 150 poets made an appearance at the Festival, while others participated via Facebook.

For all information call +381 (0) 23/783 – 155, or send your questions to an email address: fejsbukfestival@gmail.com