The writer Elvira Navarro yesterday began the events organized on the occasion of the XXXV edition of the story contest 'Villa de Mazarrón Antonio Segado del Olmo' with an entertaining conference that took place on the roof of the hotel 'Alegría Dos Playas' in Puerto de Mazarron
The conference was attended by the Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, the Councilor for Services, Tomás Ureña, the director of the Popular University -organism that organizes the activity-, José María López, as well as writers, poets and personalities related to the world of Mazarronera and Murcian culture.
Elvira Navarro said she was delighted to be in Mazarrón for the first time, although she revealed that it had been many times that she had participated in the story contest, although without luck.
This is why I already knew the contest and even said that "being president of the jury this year is like winning the prize, so I feel very happy."
Navarro, who explained in his lecture that creation is a form of freedom of expression, reminded his friend the poet Carmen Jodra, who died yesterday.
The writer also talked about the rules of the story but also mentioned some stories that skip those rules, revealing the succulent titles that do not follow those rules and that it is interesting to know.
The director of the Popular University, who presented the rapporteur with the writer Antonio Parra Sanz, said he was very satisfied with the very high participation recorded this year.
Likewise, he was enthusiastic that, both the winner of the prize and the second prize, have been two relevant writers in the world of letters and with many awards behind him, but recalled that this is not known until the decision is made. winning story, "at which time the contest is opened and the winning authors are discovered. In this sense, the contest can boast of being a totally clean contest."
The Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo, once again praised the work of the Popular University and announced that his department has "many ideas to enlarge this contest" because "it is an initiative that is very well structured and things that work not they touch each other, if not they improve and we will work in that sense ".
Campillo also revealed that "we already have the embryo of a transversal initiative that will feature Mazarrón Bay" without discovering anything else, although he reiterated "our commitment to local artists to exhibit their works in our rooms, something that also we will encourage. "
Tonight, the same scenario will host the awards ceremony of the contest from 23 hours.
The Argentine writer based in Madrid Marcelo Lujan has been the winner of the contest with the story entitled 'The clarity'.
Luján, author of the portfolio of writers of the literary agent Antonia Kerrigan, has not only been previously awarded up to a dozen times in the most diverse literary competitions, but also has published several books of poetic prose and novels.
In addition, his work has been translated into French, Italian, Czech and Bulgarian.
For its part, this year's second prize has fallen to Navarre writer Javier Izcue for his story entitled 'Cordelia, chrysalis'.
Izcue is a professor at the IES Basoko of Pamplona and has also received about thirty literary prizes in genres as different as the story, the short story, the declaration of love, the storytelling, the microhistory by SMS message, poetry, the theater for children or children's story, among others.
Both will receive their awards from Elvira Navarro herself, the mayor of Mazarrón, Gaspar Miras, and the Councilor for Culture, Ginés Campillo.
Source: Ayuntamiento de Mazarrón