Creative Writing Competition

Celebrating 30 years of democracy in the Czech Republic. Write a short story inspired by one of Vaclav Havel’s quotations.

Who can participate: All authors from 6-16+ years
Deadline: All entries must be uploaded onto the website by March 19, 2019

Below is a list of quotations AND a suggested first sentence.

No.1 “Lying can never save us from another lie.“
Suggested first sentence: Robin always tried to be honest, but…

No.2 “Truth and love must prevail over lies and hatred!“
Suggested first sentence: He was a terrible person, yet he had so much power

No.3 “Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed.“
Suggested first sentence: I always tried to do the right thing, but that is not always easy…

No.4 “I am the kind of person who would not be in the least surprised if, in the very middle of my Presidency, I were to be summoned and led off to stand trial before some shadowy tribunal, or taken straight to a quarry to break rocks.“
Suggested first sentence: The president woke to loud thumping at the door…

No.5 “When I first came here, there were many things that I found absurd.“
Suggested first sentence: On my first day of work, I found myself standing in front of three locked doors.

You do NOT need to use the suggested first sentences in your piece!

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