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Short story contest


Short story contest “Agostino”

The Agostino Prize – adults and high-school students


Then give the people all encouragement; improve the masses, enlighten them, guard their morals, make them useful, and to such heads as those you will not require to use cold steel.’ (Victor Hugo, Claude Gueux, 1834)



As part of its festival – March 29th to April 1st 2013 – Quais du polar invites you to enter its yearly major writing contest. This year, Quais du Polar will work in partnership with the Opéra de Lyon in tune with the Opéra’s Justice/Injustice Festival during which Claude, the opera based on Victor Hugo’s Claude Gueux – a short and vibrant plea against death penalty – will be performed for the first time.

The Agostino Prize rewards the crime or detective fiction short-story which best epitomises the fight against injustice. The story will have to include a face-off, a dialogue, a confrontation or a duel and must not be longer than 6000 characters (included spaces).


Short stories must be typed in .doc format only and sent by mail to nouvelles@quaisdupolar.com, by Februrary 20th 2013. Contact information (author’s full name, birthdate and address) and character count are required. The title is free.

The Agostino Prize will be presented during Quais du Polar festival at the AmphiOpéra. The winning short story will be performed in public during pre-show.

Good luck to you and be inspired! See you during the festival!


‘I wasn’t born for infamy. I was pinned to death…’ (Claude Gueux, in court, 1832)