Each year, the BCSA runs a writing competition. Fact or fiction – both are welcome. A first prize of £300 and a second prize of £100 are awarded to the best 1,500 to 2,000-word pieces of original writing in English on the links between Britain and the Czech/Slovak Republics (at any stage in their history), or describing society in transition in the Republics since 1989. Topics can include history, politics, the sciences, economics, the arts or literature. Submissions are invited from individuals of any age, nationality or educational background. Entrants do not need to be members of the BCSA. Entry is free. Entries should be received by the end of July each year. The competition is judged by a panel of experts.

In the publicity for the 2015 competition we gave a strong hint that entries dealing with the topic of migration would be welcome. The 2015 winning entry, winning £300, was called It Has Nothing To Do With Me. It’s a disturbing glimpse of the situation of the Vietnamese community in Czechoslovakia shortly after the Velvet Revolution. The author is Janet Savin.

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