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What is In 100 Words?

The project originated in “Santiago in 100 Words,” an annual short story contest that has been held since 2001 in Santiago, Chile; the contest is presented by Plagio, in alliance with BHP Billiton and Metro (Santiago´s subway). The contest invites participants to submit works of a maximum of 100 words about contemporary urban life.
A jury made up of distinguished writers chooses the winners and honourable mentions in each category. These stories are then illustrated, and exhibited in various formats throughout the city. The underlying theme of the contest is that everyone has something to say. It is a participative, democratic invitation, open to the entire population, with no limits placed on age or occupation. Year after year, the thousands of stories received constitute an X-ray of the city, and of the historical moment its inhabitants are living through. The contest, in this way, has explored the identities of citizens through their individual fragments of history.

Each of the stories is part, as well, of a generalised portrait: a collective project that explores the identities of contemporary cities through the everyday, creative, personal, and intimate perspectives of their inhabitants. Over its 18 years of existence, the project has become an emblem of citizen participation in culture: With more than a half million stories received in all, and nearly 45 thousand original stories participating each year in Santiago.
Currently, the project is held in Chile in Santiago (17 times), Antofagasta (9 times), Iquique (8 times), Concepción (7 times), Valparaíso (6 times), and Magallanes (3 times); and abroad in México: Puebla in 100 words (2 times), Hungary: Budapest in 100 words (4 times), Colombia: Bogotá and Medellín in 100 words.

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CITIZEN PARTICIPATION

The spirit of the contest is to generate citizen participation and reflection. Through the thousands of stories that citizens write year after year, it has been possible to get to know the collective imagination of each place. This spirit is also seen reflected in the launch and awarding events. These are public actions that generate creativity, thought, and reflection; all events are free.

EDUCATION

During the open call for submissions, writing workshops are held in various formats: Workshops open to the public, Little Writers Clubs, Educators workshops. Moreover, the contest’s includes a set of creative writing games for children, teachers, or adults to use as tools in classrooms and at home.

READING PROMOTION

The 100 best stories from each open call are chosen, and thousands of copies of a pocket edition are printed. The book is given away massively in each of the cities where the project is carried out. Likewise, the winning stories are distributed in various other formats, always accompanied by illustrations: billboards in the Santiago Metro and itinerant expositions, among others.

SOCIAL INCLUSION

The project seeks to include vulnerable sections of the population and to socially integrate through creativity, writing and reading, people who occupy these margins. This is why we hold, year after year, workshops in prisons, in juvenile centers, and workshops for immigrants, among other outreach events.

LOCAL DEVELOPMENT

All of the activities seek to reveal and highlight the local in each city. The project is carried out in collaboration with local theatre companies, writers, and artists to enable the development of local creation and identity in each place.

NEWS

Santiago In 100 Words is looking por illustrators.

Read some of the stories that won Santiago in 100 Words.

Send your stories until July 22.

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Valparaiso en 100 Palabras II

Valparaiso en 100 Palabras II

Iquique en 100 Palabras III

Iquique en 100 Palabras III

Iquique en 100 Palabras II

Iquique en 100 Palabras II

Iquique en 100 Palabras I

Iquique en 100 Palabras I

Concepción en 100 Palabras III

Concepción en 100 Palabras III

Concepción en 100 Palabras II

Concepción en 100 Palabras II

Concepción en 100 Palabras I

Concepción en 100 Palabras I

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras Ganadores 2012

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras Ganadores 2012

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras II

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras II

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras IV

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras IV

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras III

Antofagasta en 100 Palabras III

10 años de Santiago en 100 Palabras

10 años de Santiago en 100 Palabras

Audio Libro Los mejores 100 Cuentos VI

Audio Libro Los mejores 100 Cuentos VI

Audiolibro Santiago en 100 Palabras V

Audiolibro Santiago en 100 Palabras V

Would you like to create an In 100 Words contest in your city?