35th Prix du Jeune Écrivain: there’s still a month and a half to register !

If you are between 15 and 27 years old, you like to write and you speak French, you can participate in the 35th edition of the literary contest entitled “Prix du Jeune Écrivain de Langue Française”. The deadline to send your manuscript is February 15, 2019.

Prix PJELF 2017

The Caribbean region was again rewarded in the Prix du Jeune Écrivain de Langue Française contest (Young French Language Writer Award) thanks to Haiti. Indeed, after Phew Laroc, two years ago, it was the turn of another young Haitian – Ducarmel Alcius – to be one of the twelve winners of the 34th prize whose award ceremony will be held on March 20, 2019. We will introduce this young and talented Haitian writer very soon.

In the meantime, we ask all young people from the other Caribbean islands who speak French (especially those of French-speaking lands such as Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy and even French Guiana, located in South America ) to do like young Haitians who are literature lovers and to take an active part in this famous literary contest which is a real springboard for a career as a writer. It would be interesting for French teachers in schools and reading clubs to encourage our young people to take part in PJE…

The launching of registrations for the 35th Prix du Jeune Écrivain de Langue Française was last July. Candidates must send their manuscripts until February 15, 2019. From February 15 to September 2019, the organizers will read and select the texts. At the end of September 2019, the Jury which is made up of members of various nationalities will deliberate. In March 2020, the publishing house Buchet/Chastel will publish a collection of twelve winning short stories that will be presented at the Book Fair “Livre Paris” in the presence of the twelve winners. At the end of this same month, will be proclaimed the rank of each prizewinner. They will participate in various events including a week of literary meetings in Paris, Toulouse and Muret.

In addition, according to its ranking, each laureate will receive several gifts such as a week in writing workshops of the PJE in July, e-readers and books to download, batches of books, a subscription to the digital Petit Robert, a subscription to magazines, audiobooks boxes, among others.

It must be said that the Prix du Jeune Écrivain de Langue Française was founded in 1984 in the town of Muret, department of Haute-Garonne (France), by Marc Sebbah (teacher) and Henri Beulay (journalist) and is aimed at young writers aged 15 to 27 years old. Since its inception, it has already received more than 26,000 manuscripts from more than 100 countries, more than 300 laureates have been published through its collections and about a hundred of them have become writers.

So, young and talented Caribbean people, do not hesitate to do as the 766 candidates from 47 countries who sent, in 2017, their manuscripts (tales, short stories and stories) to the jury of the Prix du Jeune Écrivain de Langue Française contest !