MEUCE/Consulate General of France: "Dis-moi Dix Mots" contest 2013

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French language and Francophonie week
Dis-Moi Dix Mots, Semés au Loin
2013 Edition

The French language and Francophonie Week is organized every year around March 20th, which is International Francophonie Day. It is a major event for all the word lovers in France, as well as abroad, and a great occasion to show one’s attachment to the French language by celebrating its richness and diversity.

The purpose of the “Dis-moi dix mots” event, which runs from September to June, is to invite everybody to play and express themselves with ten words in either a literary or artistic form. These ten words are chosen every year by numerous francophone partners: France, Belgium, Quebec, Switzerland, and the International Organization of la Francophonie (constituted by 75 states and governments around the world).

A contest for students

The «Dis-moi dix mots» contest has been organized worldwide, consecutively for the past seven years during French language week. The Cultural Services Department of the Consulate General of France in Miami, along with the Consulate General of the Republic of Haiti in Miami, in partnership with the Little Haiti Cultural Center and the Haitian Cultural Arts Alliance, organizes in 2013 a similar local contest for non-native French speaking university students.

Terms & Deadlines

This contest consists of submitting a group or individual literary assignment, which includes an artistic dimension and a real linguistic work, based on the following ten words [Atelier, Bouquet, Cachet, Coup de Foudre, Equipe, Protéger, Savoir-faire, Unique, Vis-à-vis, Voilà]. In this purpose the students will have to write a poem in French and in verse or prose using each and every word among the list above. The poem should not exceed 30 verses or lines.

The contest winners will be elected by a jury composed of three members, and will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Originality/Creativity
  2. Writing style and artistic quality
  3. Respect of the rules.

The names of the members of jury as well as a detailed list of the prizes will soon be announced.

The assignments should be turned in no later than March 15th 2013 and should be submitted

For more information on the competition, contest rules and contact, click here

The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence supports this competition