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Mapendo children’s tales has been conceived by Fundació Roger Torné with a double objective: on one side, spreading among children the importance of breathing clean air and being in touch with nature and, on the other side, to collect Money for the Project Mapendo House in Butembo (R.D. Congo) and guarantee its permanence in future.
In order to spread the Foundation task and values and to involve society in its cooperation programme, Fundació Roger Torné summons every year the Mapendo children’s tales prize addressed to to writers aged more than 16, who are able to take part on it with unpublished tales addressed to children, consisting the price assigned of 1200 € as well as the publication of the tale as second issue of Colección Mapendo.
Last May 11th 2011, Fundació Roger Torné set up the second announcement regarding the Mapenzo Prize of Tales for Children, whose first edition was won by Amaia Cía Abascal with her tale named Margarita quiere fabricar montañas.
In the prize second edition, Fundació Roger Torné proposed a subject related with water as an element of encounter, communication and interconnection among cultures. An element that is part of Nature and that has allowed the civilizations development.
Last June 11th, the deadline to deliver the tales came to its end, after counting with an important diffusion through different literary and news means.
During this second edition, the members of the jury integrated by Soledad Román – Fundació Roger Torné’s General Director-, Mabel Piérola – illustrator of the Mapendo Collection tales-, José Luis Ponce, Ediciones Bellaterra Director-, Amaia Cía Abascal -writer who won Mapendo Prize first edition- and Gloria Valdivia – Inspira Project coordinator in Fundació Roger Torné – have valued the tales received, with total independence from the editorial interests or any other criterion alien to literature or to the diffusion objective explicit in the contest rules.
After a long deliberation, the jury has considered unanimously that none of the received tales deserved to win the contest.
The members of the jury have estimated that, despite some of the tales had a high literary quality, there was no tale gathering the essential qualities to win the prize: Having the necessary literary quality so that the winner tale was published as the third tale in Mapendo Collection, to be written in a language especially suitable for children and that the subject had to reflect the symbolic power of water suggested in the contest rules “an element that is a part of Nature and that has allowed civilizations development. Water is necessary for crops, it changes the environment and, besides, it has its own inner world, ways of life and systems that offer us a different and new vision in relation with our natural habitat: the land. The need of preserving this rich world, with its own keys and ways to work, favors us to wide our point of view and allows explaining in a metaphorical our capacity of entering into other worlds. This vision of the water connects with our Foundation values: the acceptance of the difference, the empathy for the other one, the collaboration in an equality level and the respect for Nature”. This metaphor has not been expressed correctly enough in any of the tales so the Prize during this Mapendo Prize second edition of Tales for Children has been declared void by the jury and Fundació Roger Torné.
Fundació Roger Torné wants to express the possibility of declaring void the prize constitutes a guarantee showing the jury independence and seriousness, as well as the quality required for the tales published in Mapendo Collection.
We would like to express our thankfulness to all the media which informed on this contest and, of course, to all the authors that have taken part in the contest, because of their participation and trust. We hope the jury’s decision, far away from discourage them to take part in future editions, to be an incentive for those writers of children’s tales who want to opt for a prize guaranteed by its quality and by its supportive purpose as well as the diffusion of Fundació Roger Torné values among the children.
Amaia Cía Abascal was the winner of the 1st Mapendo Prize edition with her tale “Margarita quiere fabricar montañas”.
The jury chose unanimously the work of this author who is living in Pamplona. It has been chosen due to its originality and freshness, its sense of humour, for using metaphors and puns to refer to values such as care for nature or having an attitude at the community service, as well as for reflecting the environment vulnerability.The delivery of the award took place on April 11th of 2010 in Barcelona during a public ceremony where, besides, Fundació Roger Torné offered an audiovisual presentation of the activities that were carried out in La Casa de l’Aire.