The Prado Museum, in Madrid, which turns 200, was chosen as the inspiration for the third children's literary contest "Yo Cuento", in which more than 600 students from Ecuador will participate, a call that opened this Friday.
In coincidence with the ephemeris of the main Spanish art gallery, the Embassy of that country, under the auspices of the Santillana publishing house and the collaboration of the Ecuadorian Academy of Language, UNICEF and the National Plan of the National Book and Reading José de la Cuadra , have promoted this third edition of the contest.
The previous two editions were dedicated to the centenary of the full publication of "Platero y Yo", and Federico García Lorca, on the 120th anniversary of his birth.
On both occasions, more than 600 Ecuadorian and foreign schoolchildren residing in the Andean country measured their literary skills in different categories in this contest, which seeks to encourage reading and writing among children, in a country with reduced reading rates.
On that occasion, students between 8 and 14 years old are proposed to carry out a literary exercise inspired by the pictorial works of great masters of the famous museum.
Participants must present an unpublished story inspired by one of the selected works of artists such as Velázquez, Goya, Ribera, El Greco, Murillo, Sorolla, Tiepolo, Poussin and Ryckaert.
Contestants may submit their work until October 13 at 11:59 p.m.
The jury, composed of representatives of the five institutions mentioned, will issue a ruling that will be announced on October 23.
And the awards ceremony will take place on December 13 at the Ecuadorian Academy of Language, in the historic center of Quito.
As in previous years, the winners will be awarded copies of a publication funded by the Spanish Embassy, which will collect the winning texts.
They will also receive lots of books contributed by "Loqueleo", from the Santillana publishing house, while the schools of the winners will be presented with a batch of books contributed by that publisher.
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