The role of literary competitions in developing students’ writing

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José Luís de Castro Cláudia S. N. Martins


This article will focus on discussing the function that creative writing can and does perform on the development and enhancement of students’ writing be it in their mother tongue or in foreign languages, namely students in higher education. We will achieve this by drawing on the role that literary prizes and awards play nowadays, as they did in the past, and particularly delve into the experience gained with the Literary Competition of the School of Education of the Polytechnic Institute of Bragança (ESEB). Finally, we conducted three interviews with some of the winners of the last five years and, based on these, we will reflect upon their motivations, the pros and cons of the competition, as well as the impact this participation will have on students’ future. We will finish with some final remarks and recommendations for the future.

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DE CASTRO, José Luís; MARTINS, Cláudia S. N.. The role of literary competitions in developing students’ writing. adolesCiência, [S.l.], v. 6, n. 1, p. 42-51, dec. 2019. ISSN 2182-6277. Disponível em: <>. Acesso em: 21 jan. 2021.
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