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Thursday, 23 March 2023

Open call for the 13th edition of INSPIRACIENCIA 2023

by Virginia Greco

A new edition of the short story contest organised by the CSIC is here! Texts of a maximum of 800 words can be submitted in two different categories (young or adult), and can be in Spanish, Catalan, Galician or Basque. In this edition there is a special prize for stories about archaeology.

The scientific short story contest Inspiraciencia organised by the CSIC has opened the submission period for competing stories, which will last until June 4, 2023. The contest is supported by the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, as well as of numerous cultural and scientific institutions.

Inspiraciencia was launched in 2011 with the aim of uniting science and literature to promote creativity and a different approach to scientific thought. It does so through interdisciplinarity, transversality and multilingualism. Short stories of a maximum of 800 words written in Spanish, Catalan, Galician or Basque can be submitted to the contest in two categories: Young (from 12 to 17 years old) and Adult (over 18 years old). The originals must be sent through the contest website, through previous registration.


The following prizes will be awarded: eight institutional prizes (one for each category and language); two public prizes (one in each category), chosen by popular vote; the Science and Literature prize, aimed at teachers who have promoted the participation of their students in the contest; and, as a novelty in this edition, eight special Archaeology prizes (one for each category and language). In all the prizes, except for the public prize, a jury for each language will propose the winners and finalists. In the Archaeology special prize, there will be a single jury made up of ArchaeologyHub network staff.

Award Ceremony

The awards ceremony of this year’s edition will be held in September, in Oviedo, in collaboration with the CSIC Delegation in Asturias. Since the sixth edition, the awards ceremony has had an itinerant character and has been held in Madrid, A Coruña, Seville, San Sebastián and Zaragoza. In the last edition (the 12th), it was held at the Residence for Researchers in Barcelona.

Collaborating entities

Inspiraciencia is a competition promoted by the CSIC Delegation in Catalonia in which the CSIC Deputy Vice-Presidency for Scientific Culture and Citizen Science also collaborates. The project can be carried out thanks to the involvement of the staff of the CSIC delegations, centers and institutes in: Andalusia, Aragon, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Extremadura, Galicia, Basque Country and the communities of Madrid and Valencia.

In addition, it has a moderation team made up mostly of staff from CSIC delegations, centers and institutes. It also has a jury, whose composition will be announced soon, with people from the world of science and culture.

The following cultural and scientific entities also collaborate in the contest with institutional awards and dissemination: Principia; Escola d'Escriptura de l'Ateneu Barcelonès; Escuela de Escritores; Asociación de Escritoras e Escritores en Lingua Galega; Editorial Galaxia; Elhuyar Fundazioa; Mètode - Revista de Difusió de la Investigació de la Universitat de València; Associació d'Escriptors en Llengua Catalana; Biblioteques de Barcelona; Efervesciencia - Radio Galega.