Italy Writes


Building on the tremendous success of JCU’s Italy Reads program that began in 2008 with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), JCU has launched Italy Writes, a national English-language writing competition for Italian high school students that includes on its panel of judges professors from one of America’s most highly-ranked creative writing centers: the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program.

Italy Writes engages high school students in the development of their English creative-writing skills and is open to all students enrolled in Italian high schools that do not have English as the primary language of instruction. Students compete annually for awards for the best creative writing piece in the genres of fiction and nonfiction. This national competition will take place each spring and the winners will be announced in June at an event sponsored by JCU’s Institute for Creative Writing and Literary Translation. (From the John Cabot University Italy Writes Page).

Interested in participating?  Learn more about the 2015 Italy Writes Competition.



2014 Italy Writes Winners (Image from

In the category of Non-Fiction:

  • 1st Place – Elena Placanica, from Liceo Classico ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome
  • 2nd Place – Francesca Portante D’Alessandro from Liceo Classico ‘Dante Alighieri’, Rome
  • 3rd Place – Eleonora Corradi from Liceo Classico ‘Luciano Manara’, Rome
  • Honorable Mention – Flavia Antonelli from Liceo Statale ‘G. Keplero’, Rome

In the category Fiction:

  • 1st  Place – Antonia Belli from Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio, Rome
  • 2nd Place – Orazio Argentero from Liceo Ginnasio Virgilio, Rome
  • 3rd Place – Simone Crinò from Liceo Classico Luciano Manara, Rome
  • Honorable Mention – Filippo De Luca from Scuola Svizzera di Rome
  • Honorable Mention – Emilia Richiello, Liceo Classico Luciano Manara, Rome

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