Concours de nouvelles

2017 

We will meet you in mid-june for the 2017 edition. If you wish to be kept informed, join the contest community by writing to museum.toulouse@gmail.com

To read the new literary editions of previous editions, it is below.

 

 

EBOOKS: THE AWARD-WINNING SHORT STORIES 

 

couverture du recueil des 6 nouvelles primées Muséum de Toulouse - La compagnie des bêtes

 

In the company of animals

by Clément Petit, Julie Delfour, Eva Kopp, Charlotte Gomes, Tim Barry, Zoé Aubry

Downloaden .pdf  ou as .epub

Our partner Edilivre also provides paper copies (for pay): http://bit.ly/2qQdWmg 

What if we were to question the relationship that man has with animals? Would he seek to satisfy an emotional need, to touch the savage, to subjugate him? ... But if we were completely mistaken? Research has raised the hypothesis that it would be the cat who sought our company and not the other way around.

 

Write a short story about the relationship between humans and animals ...

Natural Histories

by Roch PONS, Aurélie PEUAUD, Sylvie LAVARTE, Arthur ÉDOUARD, Zoé VERNET, Titouan FERRY

Download as epub, kindle et pdf 

"Write a short story that places the photograph of the taxidermy laboratory (or the situation that it represents) at the centre of your plot. It can be the starting point or a part of your story."

Our partner Edilivre also provides paper copies (for a fee): http://bit.ly/29xiZRz

 

couverture recueil Grandir 2014

Growing up

 

by Ange Beuque, Cécile Attrappe-mot, Agnès Lesage, Mathilde Roumier, Jean-Yves Wery et Marie Sempo

Dowunload as epub, kindle et pdf

"Grow up? This is an idea with many meanings that everybody will consider, hear and explore in relation to their own experiences and sensibilities. Do we talk about the biological developement of a child? The construction of this mental abilities? Of his idendtity?"

Our partner Edilivre also provides paper copies (for a fee): http://bit.ly/29OErRb

 

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In the skin of a bear

by Lauréats 2013

Download as epub, kindle et pdf

Getting inside the skin of a bear… Now there’s a situation that could take some surprising twists and turns! What bear are you?” This challenge was launched for the third competition.

Our partner Edilivre also provides paper copies (for a fee): http://bit.ly/29Iketj

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The rock from the sky

by Christophe Cousin, Chantal Le Guillou, Sauveur Padovano

Download as epub, kindle et pdf

Forward: “On 10 April 1812, at 8 pm, a meteorite crashed down near Toulouse, in the region of Savenès, Aucamville and Burgaud. The rocks collected were distributed to museums…”

couverture ebook Préhistoire 2011

A story that prehistory forgot

by Sylvie Castéra-Saglier, Marion Sabourdy, Pierre F. Jaouen, Ludovic Ferry

Download as epub, kindle et pdf

Try to imagine the story of two young women killed 7,500 years ago. Recreate their environment and picture the why and how…

 

RETROSPECTIVE

2015

recto flyer concours littéraire de nouvelles museum de toulouse HISTOIRES NATURELLES Theme: STORIES ABOUT THE NATURAL WORLD

The competition unfolded on the blog http://nouvelles-histoiresnaturelles.tumblr.com/ . 79 short stories were received, mainly from France, but also from several other countries: see where the entries came from

The literary lead-in starts with this photograph taken in a taxidermy laboratory (late 19th century) with Victor Bonhenry mounting a primate. City of Toulouse, Municipal Archives, 51FI1206. See the photograph in a large format.

 

 

 

Collections of the award-winning short stories are available in digital format:

A paper copy can also be ordered from our partner Edilivre.

Expanded theme for the Individual Authors category:
Write a short story that places the photograph opposite (or the situation that it represents) at the centre of your plot. It can be the starting point or a part of your story. 

Expanded theme for the School categories: 

On 13 January 1912, a strange instant-petrification epidemic hit all of the animals at Toulouse Zoo. The unfortunate beasts were taken to the Museum, to the very famous laboratory of Professor Ebénézer Lafigasse. This wise man and veterinary surgeon – known all over the world for his work on viral immobility in primates – got to work immediately.
What he discovered that morning while he was examining Toto the chimpanzee left him completely speechless…

Basing yourself on this lead-in, write a story in French in the literary genre of your choice (detective novel, humorous, naturalist, etc).

 

Members of the panel of judges: Frédérik Lisak (Plume de Carotte publishing house), Florence Lamotte (Privat publishing house), Françoise Guiseppin (youth section at Ombre Blanche book shop), Josiane Séguéla (Toulouse Archives), Sylvie Marquez (Toulouse Polars du Sud), Evelyne Cocault (Belvédère reading club), Albert Lemant (children’s author), Christophe Chaffardon (children’s author), Christophe Pham-Ba (literature and languages, Education Authority), Pierre Colin (Theatre, Education Authority), Marion (Cabanis), Aude (Georges-Labit Museum), and Anne (Museum of Toulouse). 

 

2014 

Affiche du concours 2014 du Muséum de Toulouse

Theme: GROWING UP

The competition unfolded on the blog http://concours-grandir.tumblr.com/ . Almost 150 short stories were received from all over France and even the rest of the world: see where the entries came from.

Collections of the award-winning short stories are available for free in digital format:

 

A paper copy can also be ordered from our partner Edilivre.

Theme developed for the Individual Authors categories: 

Grow up? This is an idea with many meanings that everyone will consider, hear and explore in relation to their own experiences and sensibilities. Do we talk about the biological development of a child? The construction of his mental abilities? Of his identity? Context plays a role too: the child has received his parents’ genetic heritage, he is confronted with complex cultural, social and economic environments, which are often in the process of changing. He comes up against challenges which shape his personality. So how will he grow up, or fail to grow up?

 

 

Basing yourself on this lead-in, write an original short story in French, in the literary genre of your choice.

 

Key words: learning, heredity, epigenetics, environment, identity, transmission, rites, Peter Pan complex

 

Members of the panel of judges: Hubert Stoecklin (child psychiatrist), Jean Songe (writer), Valérie Reich (2013 award winner), Sylviane Bonvin (Ethnology, Museum of Toulouse), Christophe Pham-Ba (literature and languages, Education Authority), Pierre Colin (theatre, Education Authority), Frédérik Lisak (Plumes de Carotte publishing house), Florence Lamotte (Privat publishing house), Catherine Desplas (Délires d'encre association), Anne Ingremeau and Anna De Torres (Museum of Toulouse libraries). 

 

Expanded theme for the School Categories:

Imagine for example… A young falcon that has just this moment hatched finds itself in an unusual, unexpected environment, but which is not necessarily hostile to its development. Instead of being surrounded by the warm down of its mother, it is…elsewhere…

 

So how will it grow up? What will be its sources of education? What changes will it go through in relation to this new environment? What will it become?

 

Write a story presenting an original, fun or sensitive vision of the life of a young animal, torn away from its natural environment.

 

Key words: humour, atouchofcruelty, nofool, blankslate 

 

2013

Affiche du concours oursIN THE SKIN OF A BEAR

Put aside your representation of the bear and imagine what your life would be like if you were one. Whether that of a teddy bear, a wild bear, or a mythological bear, tamed or hunted, literally get inside the skin of a bear. Discover its cognitive and sensory abilities and give us an original vision of the life of a bear.

The competition unfolded on the blog http://danslapeaudunours.tumblr.com/. Two hundred and ten short stories were received from all over France, and even the rest of the world: see where the entries came from.

Three awards were given per category: Adult / Under 18’s / 6th form college.

The collection of the award-winning short stories can be:

Happy reading! 

Our thanks to the members of the panel of judges: Christophe Cousin, Dominique Armand, Frédérique Martin, Frédérik Lisak, Florence Lamotte, Olivier de Marliave, Bernard Barbier, Céline Espardellier, Alain Lacroix, Christophe Pham-Ba, Caterine Desplas, Henri Cap, Anne De Torres, and Anne Ingremeau.

 

2012

2012 flyer concours de nouvelles le caillou céleste

The rock from the sky

On 10 April 1812, at 8 pm, a meteorite crashed down near Toulouse, in the region of Savenès, Aucamville and Burgaud. The rocks collected were distributed to museums in Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Chicago, Budapest, Calcutta, Kazan, Cluj-Napoca... Two hundred years later, an unexpected incident disrupts the commemoration of this event… Create your story based on this pretext and around this mystery, in the literary genre of your choice…

2012 répartition géographique des nouvelles Le caillou célesteThe rock from the sky” collection of award-winning short stories can be downloaded from the digital library Feedsbook (already over 2,000 downloads).

 

See where the 62 short stories came from in France.

The first prize was awarded to the short story “L'étoile de Chéops” by Christophe Cousin. The panel of judges particularly appreciated the successful treatment of the difficult exercise of crossing two stories in parallel in a short text, as well as its historic and documentary dimension.

The second prize was awarded to the short story “Le fragment réparateur” by Chantal Le Guillou, a very contemporary short story in a clear and well-written style.

La planète croustillante” by Sauveur Padovano won the Special Prize for his highly original short story. You will appreciate this short story after a reading it a few times, as the beginning can be quite disconcerting!

Happy reading!

Our thanks to the panel of judges: Yannick Bourg (author), Julien Campredon (author), Sylvie Castéra-Saglier (2011 award winner), Mathieu Renaud (Doctor of geology), Cathy Desplas and Frédérique Bayle (Délires d'encre association), Florence Lamotte (Privat publishing house), Marie-Dominique Labails (Museum of Toulouse publishing house), Hélène Dupuy (Toulouse library), Laëtitia Escande and Agnès Bénéteau (Museum library).


2011

2011 flyer du concours littéraire de nouvelles préhistoireA story that prehistory forgot

A short story competition focusing on the 2011 temporary exhibition “Prehistory, the investigation” (currently travelling around France and abroad).

Write the story of two young women killed 7,500 years ago. How and why did they die? Use your imagination to follow in the footsteps of this couple.

The objective: write a short fiction story in French relating the life of two human beings buried in the sepulchre in Téviec, displayed at the Museum of Toulouse.

See where in France the 62 short stories came from.

2011 couverture recueil de nouvelles préhistoire

The “A story that prehistory forgot” collection can be downloaded from the Feedbooks digital library.

First prize:
Les dames de Théviec by Sylvie Castéra Saglier

Second prize:
Les fugueuses by Marion Sabourdy

Special prize:
Les soeurs oubliées by Pierre F. Jaouen

 

And the favourite short story of internet users:
Au pied du tertre des ancêtres by Ludovic Ferry

 

Our thanks to the members of the panel of judges: Mouloud Akkouche (author), Frédérique Martin (author), Cristina San Juan-Foucher (scientific organiser of the Prehistory, the investigation exhibition), Hélène Dupuy (Toulouse library), Florence Lamotte (Privat publishing house), Gaëlle Cap-Jedikian (project manager of the Prehistory, the investigation exhibition), and Anne Ingremeau (Museum library).