“Conversation with The Little Prince” writing contest

We are pleased to present to you the “Conversation with The Little Prince” writing contest, an initiative led by #LearningPlanet, in partnership with UNESCO, the Antoine de Saint-Exupéry Youth Foundation and the Stories Labo.

This competition is inspired by the poetic and philosophical tale “The Little Prince”, the most well-known and translated piece of French literature in the world. To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the birth of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, this competition invites young people to reconnect with the rich imagination of the author, who has already contributed to the dreams of generations of children and adults. However, this time it is about imagining a conversation between The Little Prince and a young girl during lockdown/isolation.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Audrey Azoulay, in her video message, addresses all the students of the world and invites them Little Princes of imagination and creativity.

In this regard, we would like to mobilize youth and students from the UNESCO Creative Cities, encouraging them to go back in time and wander through the adventures of The Little Prince.

To participate in this initiative, students are encouraged to give free rein to their creativity by imagining the visit that “The Little Prince” makes to the symbolic young girl: it is a question of diving into their conversation, recounting their exchanges and describing emotions, shared hopes or even the common values of humanity that are part of the continuity of a better, happy, creative and sustainable world.

To understand the initiative and inspire your young students, we invite you to widely distribute this trailer among youth and schools within your city and beyond to feed their imagination and stimulate their desire to participate, to encourage them to write their own stories, and to share them with the whole world.

Share your conversations with The Little Prince on the platform dedicated to collecting these great stories!

In a creative and universal spirit, the texts of the conversations can be uploaded via this form in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

We thank you and youth from your city and network in advance for your participation in this initiative.

For any question on the competition, kindly contact the UCCN Secretariat via creativecities@unesco.org.