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Haiti Winner of the 2021 Youth Writing Prize

Haitian youth, Pierre-Ahn Fenlon, won, on Tuesday, the third edition of the Youth Writing Prize 2021 for her new title “Renaissance”, during the opening ceremony of the House of Francophonie students in Paris..

For the second year in a row, the acclaimed international literary award AUF-RFI returns to Haiti. Following Peterson Desire and Wendy Cherry respectively, the Jury Prize and the General Prize in 2020, this time the Jury Prize student Pierre-Anne Finlon was awarded the Jury Prize.

Despite her medical studies, the young woman has her own blog and has been writing horror stories for the past five years. A passion she owes to her older sister who initiated her into this type of film, she said during her interview this morning during the official awards ceremony.

“My medical studies don’t leave me much time to write, but as soon as I have free time, I do it as often as I can,” she said, adding that she wants to embrace a writing career as well.

Pierrie-Ahn Fénélon presents his award-winning text, The Renaissance, as a fiction inspired by Haitian mystical reality. During the awards ceremony, the news was read by author and 2021 RFI Theater Award winner, Jan Dameric.

On Twitter, Dameric congratulated his compatriot for this “beautiful text” which “happily plays out loud!”

The Youth Writing Prize is a literary competition organized annually by the Université de la Francophonie (Auf) and Radio France Internationale (RFI) in partnership with Short éditions.

For 2021, the regulations wanted texts to begin with (extremely precise) sentences from the novel “Les Impatientes” by Cameroonian writer Djaili Amadou Amal. A novel that won the Goncourt Prize for high school students in 2020.

This competition aims to highlight talent and geographical diversity according to Pascal Paradou, RFI Department Assistant in charge of Francophonie and member of the jury.

Berlin Nicholas