Wednesday, March 24, 2010


The only global Contest for unpublished poetry
without limits of languages or forms of expression

Five official languages
(Italian, Spanish, English, French, Portuguese)
and all the other languages in the world
(national languages, native languages, minority languages, dialects)

Written, video or music poetry (songs)

For the Overall Winner
2.000 €uro and the Silver Plate by the artist Gerardo Sacco

For each one of the 4 Winners
1.000 €uro and the Nosside plate by the Artist Umberto Boccioni

For each one of the 10 Honourable Mentions
600 €uro and the Nosside plate by the Artist Umberto Boccioni

For each one of the 20 Particular Mentions
Nosside’s Medal and Certificate

For each one of the Mentions
Nosside’s Certificate

The poem written by the Overall Winner as well as one from each of the Winners, Honourable Mentions, Particular Mentions and Mentions,
in the multilingual and multimedia Anthology Book “Nosside 2010”

Nosside World Poetry Prize, a multilingual and multimedia award, is the only global poetry contest for unpublished works, without limits of language or forms of expression and communication. The Prize is part of the Unesco World Poetry Directory.


 is a global project, founded in 1983 and dedicated to the poetess Nosside from Locri who lived in the III century a.D., it has a logo inspired to a futurist master: Umberto Boccioni from Reggio Calabria. This effigy is inspired to the ancient Greek world and in addition it is enriched by a precious silver creation by the famous goldsmith master Gerardo Sacco from Crotone wich is given to the Overall Winner;

 it represents the ancient magic of the word in Written Poetry, the charme of image in the video and computer graphic shown in the Video Poetry, the appeal of music playing along with words in the Music Poetry (songwriters).

 it is the result of a cultural strategy founding itself on dual identities:
the multilingualism, with five official languages (Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese) and openess towards all the other languages in the world considering them equal, giving them the same dignity, not distinguishing the national from the native or minority languages or even from dialects;
and the multimediality, giving the chance to the poetic imaginary to use among different forms of expression.
The continuous growth of participants each year is a proof of its successful strategy (in 2008, participants from 40 states from any Continent, in 29 different languages).

 it is also because of the transparent method used for the selection of winners (the Jury receives all the participants’ works labeled with numbers and letters) which guarantees an equal treatment for all poets without any discrimination of state, continent, language, race or religion.

 it is the result of a very intense teamwork building on the project as if it was a permanent lab. The soul of this lab is the Centro Studi Bosio in Reggio Calabria (one of the Italian partners of the UNESCO Global Alliance for cultural diversity). It spreaded over the years becoming incresingly a cosmopolitan organization, with delegates and members worldwide, with the Absolute Winners being appointed Ambassadors of Nosside and with all the members of the International Jury.

The Nosside Project has kept flying the flag of the preservation of language diversity, showing with its coherence, the continuous and wider diffusion worldwide of an equal encounter between different languages and showing how much the most popular languages owe even to the smallest and more conceptual ones.

The Nosside Poetry Prize has also given a lot of relevance to the most popular languages. It has been established to use them in order to permit to the native people’s languages as well as to minority ones and dialects to step out of the ghetto and let the rest of the world enjoy the treasures of culture and communication represented by their expression.

The Nosside Prize has contributed to globalize the world in an alternative way, pointing out the variety of languages instead of the unification of all idioms into one. A positive globalization that wants to underline and safeguard language diversity on our planet before it vanishes.

With the purpose of enlarging the project’s identity we further extended our commitment establishing One Extraordinary Award called “NOSSIDE SAVING LANGUAGES AT RISK OF EXTINTION” meant to reward an historic or anthropologic essay and a journalistic reportage to deepen the knowledge of the historical and cultural heritage of one or more native languages and minority languages in danger of extintion.
It represents a step forward on the path of the Nosside Project.

Pasquale Amato
Founding President of the Nosside World Poetry Prize
Professor of Contemporary History at the Università di Messina
and at Università per Stranieri “Dante Alighieri” in Reggio Calabria


Nosside World Poetry Prize is the only global, multilingual and multimedia contest for unpublished poetry that has never received recognition in any other literary competitions.
It is open to all the languages in the world and to all the forms of poetic expression: written, video (video poetry) or in music (song).
The poetry is considered published – when it is printed by a Publishing House with regular ISBN (International Standard Book Number) or when it is posted on Online journals; The songs - issued by record companies and/or posted on websites - along with the videos -brought out by Publishers and/or posted on video websites as You Tube, Google Video, Yahoo Video - are considered published poetry.
The written, video and musical poetry posted on personal websites/blogs or printed by the author him/herself and distributed free of charge are considered unpublished.
Poetries must “not have received recognition in other literary competitions” by the day and time of their submission - via e-mail - to the Nosside Prize. Should the submitted poetries be awarded in other competitions after such date it will not bring any consequence on their consideration by the jury, in other words, it won’t lead to disqualification.

Eligible participants include all the poets of the world who were at least 14 years old in 2009. The composition may be only one poem (Written, in Video or in Music) on any subject, non longer than 50 lines.
Entries must be:
A - in one of five official languages of the prize (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English, French)
B – or, in any other language or dialect of the world
National official language (ex. Russian, German, Japanese, Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, etc.);
Original languages of native people (ex. Quechua, Guaraní or in one of many languages of numerous native people present on all the continents); Languages of ethno-linguistic minorities of any country in the world; Regional Idioms and dialects.
The only condition: Poetry in other languages may be submitted in the original language. But, it should be accompanied by a translated version in one of 5 official languages of the prize: Italian, Spanish, English, French, and Portuguese.
C - The participation can occur in any form of expression (in one, two, or in all three of the following):
Written Poetry (a poem on any subject, non longer than 50 lines);
Poetry in music (a song). To set a poetry to music the author of the text composition can be assisted by a musician;
Video Poetry or computer graphics (a video-clip of no more than 4 minutes long, credits and end titles excepted). To make a video-clip the author of the text composition can be assisted by a director and/or other technical assistant.

Entries will be accepted – only by e-mail – starting from March 8, 2010 until June 30, 2010.
The participation fee varies depending on the Country of origin:
Group A (for the countries of this group see the Application Form): 25 €uro
Group B (for the countries of this group see the Application Form): 15 €uro
Group C (for the countries of this group see the Application Form): 10 €uro
Group D (poets from all the other countries of the world, or those writing in original languages of native people or linguistic minorities: 5 €uro

The payment of the participation fee can be made through one of the options indicated in the Application Form: Bank transfer, Postal transfer.

Poets can apply - only via internet - by submitting the subsequent Files to the following e-mail addresses e
• Application Form (filled in) in Word format indicating the method used for the payment of the participation fee.
• for the Written Poetry a Microsoft Word format file containing the text of the composition, on any subject, no longer than 50 lines, in one of five official languages of the Prize or in any other language provided with a translated version in one of five official languages of the prize;
• for the Poetry in Music (Song) a Microsoft Word format file containing the text of the composition and two MP3 format files containing the song: in one indicating the name of the author and in the other indicating just the title of the song without the name of the author;
• for the Video Poetry a Microsoft Word format file containing the text of the composition and a DVD or Windows Media Player format file containing the video -clip in two copies: first version of video-clip must be provided with credits and end titles and the other one containing just the title without the name of the author or other assistants.
ONLY participants of VIDEO POETRY Category may send their video composition BY POST as well, to the following address:
Centro Studi Bosio – Premio Nosside
Casella Postale n. 335
89100 Reggio Calabria Città del Bergamotto
The envelope must contain only:
• the DVD video-clip in two copies: one provided with credits and end titles (for the organization) and another one (for the Jury) without any information that may reveal the author’s identity (that is: without credits and end titles).
All the other documentation (Application form filled in, Biography and artistic curriculum, text of the composition) must be submitted by email as indicated above.
Videos in other languages, idioms or dialects must have subtitles in Italian and, if it’s possible, in one or more of other 4 official languages of the prize as well.

The payment of participation fee can be made by the contestant him/herself directly or by a sponsor or sponsoring institution: (a member of the family or a friend, not necessarily residing in the same country of the participant), a Foundation, a Club, an Association, a Firm, a Syndicate, an University, School or any other Institution.
The poets of Group D (see Application Form) encountering difficulties in paying the participation fee will be covered – within the limits (and up to the exhaustion) of available financial resources – by donations made to this end by Private Partners of Nosside Prize.
The initiative is aimed at guarantying equal opportunities to all the participants.

The Overall Winners of previous editions of the Prize are not eligible to participate. They can be annually appointed “Nosside Ambassadors”, be on the Jury or take part in the Prize promotion or organization.
Winners are allowed to participate in the contest again only after a period of four years.
The Special Mentioned authors are allowed to participate after a two year interval.

6 – JURY
The Jury will be appointed after the application deadline.
Its members will be provided - by the Secretary of the Prize - with the works in competitions with their authors signed only by a number (es. Contestant n. 27, or contestant n. 146 - NossideVideo or n. 232 - NossideMusic).
The Jury will complete the selection process by September 30, 2010. It will be dissolved after the last meeting. Only its President will remain in charge till the Award Ceremony.
The decision of the Jury is final and not subject to any appeal.
Nevertheless, taking into consideration the prize expansion and in order to further guaranty the transparency and impartiality towards all the contestants, there will be implemented the following procedure of guarantee: a provisional list of awarded authors (in alphabetical order, without indicating the qualification recognized among the finalists, that is : overall winner, special mention …) will be sent by e-mail to all the contestants. A period of 10 days will be given to the participants for denouncing any violations of the art. 1 by any participant author.
Any violation of the provisions of art. 1 (unpublished poetry which has never received recognition in other competitions) will result in automatic disqualification of its author and his/her replacement, decided by the President of the Prize and by the President of the Jury, with the winner coming just after the disqualified poet. Example: the Overall Winner will be replaced by one of 4 Winners; one of 4 Winner by one of Special Mentioned authors; one Special Mentioned author by one of Honorary Mentions, etc.
After having examined the possible denunciations, taken consequent decisions and made all necessary adjustments, the President of the Prize and the President of the Jury will announce the ultimate list of the winners. From that moment the decision of the Jury will become final and not subject to any appeal and the list of the winners – submitted to any single contestant and posted on the official website of the Prize - will be unchangeable .

The Jury will select 5 Winners, 10 Special Mentions, 20 Honorary Mentions and an indefinite number of Mentions.
Among the 5 Winners the Chairmanship of the Prize will designate the OVERALL WINNER, who will receive:
2.000 €uro;
a precious re-elaboration in silver of Nosside logo by Umberto Boccioni handmade and donated by the Goldsmith Gerardo Sacco;
publication of his/her poetry (or of Video or Music Poetry) in the “Nosside 2010” Multilingual and Multimedia (Book + Video) Anthology.

Each of the other 4 Winners will receive:
1.000 €uro; Nosside Plaque by Umberto Boccioni; publication of the poetry (or Video or Song Composition) in the “Nosside 2010” Anthology.

Each one of 10 Special Mentions will receive:
600 €uro; Nosside Plaque; publication of the poetry (or of the Video or Song) in the “Nosside 2010” Anthology.

Each one of 20 Honorary Mentions will be awarded:
The Nosside Medal; a Certificate and the publication of his/her poetry (Written, Video or in Music) in the “Nosside 2010” Anthology.

Each one of the Mentions will be given: a Certificate and the publication of his/her poetry (Written, Video, or in Music) in the “Nosside 2010” Anthology.

Multilingual and Multimedia (Book + DVD) Anthology - characterized by 5 official languages (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, English and French) as well as by other languages used by the winners – will be edited by Centro Studi Bosio and published by the Città del Sole Edition of Reggio Calabria.
The submitted compositions will not be given back. Their Publication in the Anthology together with their registration on DVD will not give any remuneration or rights to their authors. Every contestant, by filling in the application form for the XXVI Nosside Prize, binds his/herself by a releasing act of copyright for the publication of his/her works in the Nosside Anthology, on the Nosside Official Website or any other publication edited by the Organization Committee. The authors reserve their copyrights for any other, individual or collective publication.

The Award Ceremony will take place in Reggio Calabria, on Friday, November 26, 2010 at five p.m in Palazzo Campanella, seat of the Regional Council of Calabria.
The awards must be withdrawn by authors personally on the Prize-giving day. The absence will cause the loss of the money award. In exceptional circumstances, when the absence is due to illness, loss in the family or denial of entry clearance (visa), the Organizational Committee will take into consideration the possibility of assigning the poet third of the money award . This provision does not apply to the Overall Winner, who must, in any case, attend the Award Ceremony in order to receive the money award.
The overall winner, the Winners and the Special Mentions will be invited to take part in the series - dedicated to Nosside 2010 - of the “Salotto dell’Editore” programme, broadcasting by ReggioTV.

The participation in the contest implies the full acceptance of all the above mentioned rules.

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