Listen Award Migrants Intercultural Storytelling

Get awarded and win precious prizes. The LISTEN Award is a competition that aims to promote intercultural storytelling with refugees and migrants. The LISTEN project is looking for stories – fictional or real ones – told by refugees and migrants. The story can be a memory, a self-created story, a fairytale, legend or myth. The idea of LISTEN is that stories can build bridges between refugees and migrants and their receiving societies. These stories give migrants and refugees a voice and raise the awareness for their perspectives, wishes, visions, challenges and problems. By using intercultural storytelling the LISTEN project aims to support the integration of refugees and migrants in their receiving societies.

The LISTEN project aims at introducing storytelling approaches and techniques to a radio environment as a binding factor which brings social and personal benefits for refugees. Those techniques will serve to develop in refugee’s and migrant’s personality a construction of personal values, a higher level of self-esteem, and a stronger sense of identity in the community. They could develop for example verbal and communication skills, foreign language skills, improvement of intercultural understanding and social skills and reasoning. Being equipped with these skills and more, refugees and migrants can be a future “cultural mediator” between their community and the hosting society in order to promote reciprocal knowledge and comprehension between subjects of different cultural backgrounds.


Who can participate?

The competition is targeted to all refugees and migrants as well as trainers/multipliers and volunteers working with refugees and migrants


How to participate?

You can enter the competition with a story that is your story or an invented one. It can be a memory that you want to share, a fairytale, a legend from your home country … any story that you are ready to share and to record.

It needs only five steps to participate:

  • Read all information on the website and the FAQs.
  • Fill in the form (a preview of the submission sheet is available here).
  • Upload your story.
  • Submit.
  • Maybe win?


When is the closing date?

Please submit your story by August 31st, 2018.


Which stories can be submitted?

We collect all kind of non-fictional and fictional stories that meet the following criteria:

  • Duration: 2 to 5 minutes
  • Languages: German, Greek, English, French, Italian, Swedish
  • Recorded story (audio file: mp3, ogg, aac)

Feel free to add sound or music to your story – this is not mandatory and will not give extra points but might make your story more vivid.


And the award goes to…

Your story will be evaluated by an independent jury according to the following criteria. Your story:

  • has a story structure (with beginning, middle/climax, end)
  • contains a message
  • creates a bond with the listener
  • has relevance with the LISTEN context


What can you win?

The jury will nominate two winners – one for the fictional and one for the non-fictional stories. You can win precious prizes such as smartphone or headphones. With your permission your story will become part of our LISTEN collection of (life) stories.


Source: LISTEN - Learning from Intercultural Storytelling