It’s been 30 years since Bruce Chatwin, a photographer and writer, an esthetist and anthropologist, revolutionized the travel narrative with his book The Songlines.
For the occasion, the publishing house Vintage Classics, in collaboration with Moleskine, has decided to celebrate the milestone of travel literature with The Chatwin Project: a special reprint in limited edition of the book in the form of a notebook and an international contest dedicated to the new talents of travel narrative.
For the duration of the whole summer, nomads of our days will tell their own travel experience with a text written or told through any format or media. A contest for contemporary storytellers, young innovators able to tell the journey through current language and media, but also to overthrow them and introduce a new and revolutionary vision, as Chatwin did.
All the contents will then be submitted to a jury formed by Nicholas Shakespeare, author of the publishing house Vintage and Bruce Chatwin Biographer, Rosa Parks Editor of travel magazine and website CEREAL, Charlotte Knight senior editor of Vintage Classics, Maria Sebregondi co-founder of Moleskine and Alessandro Timpanaro, travel photographer and founder of Collater.al.
The jury will choose the most original tales, the ones that best represent the meaning of travel in 2017 and the winner will see his work published on Cereal.com and showcased on the official channels of the contest’ promoters.
The general terms and conditions for participating will be available on the dedicated website from July 12, 2017.
In the era of digital storytelling, of advanced technology and social networks, the possibilities offered by the platforms allow to make stylistic choices and intermediate narrative pathways, to experiment new forms of narrative.
“All you have to do is say something” Italo Calvino