Rules of the writing contest "Conversation with the Little Prince"

1.General framework

1.1 Purpose and theme The "Conversation with the Little Prince" writing competition is organised on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Antoine de Saint Exupéry in order to encourage the written expression and creativity of young people from all over the world. The theme of the competition is that of a conversation between the participants and the Little Prince during confinement.

1.2 Organiser

The competition is organised by:

  • Le CRI - #LearningPlanet
  • La Fondation Antoine de Saint Exupéry pour la Jeunesse
  • Le Labo des histoires

1.3 Objectives The objectives of the competition are to :

  • to promote a taste for language and literature among children, adolescents and young adults under the age of twenty-five;
  • to familiarise children, adolescents and young adults with creative writing ;
  • to develop a taste for the work of Antoine de Saint Exupéry.

1.4 Languages The languages of the competition are: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

1.5 Advertising These rules, contact addresses, juries and competition news are published in English and in French on the #LearningPlanet platform

2. Definition of terms used in the Regulation

Entry form: the form containing all the necessary information to validate participation in the competition. Organising committee: the organising committee is made up of representatives of each of the competition partners. Jury: six juries - one per language - are formed and announced on the competition website. Laureates: the laureates of the competition are the participants whose texts are selected by the juries. There are 6 laureates, selected from among the 60 finalist texts. Accompanying dossier: the accompanying dossier for the competition is available in English and in French. It can be freely consulted by participants and can be used by teachers or cultural mediators to encourage participation in the competition. The accompanying pack includes information on the theme of the competition and suitable writing activities.

3. Participation

3.1 Conditions The competition is open to all young people born after 1 January 1995.

Participation in the competition is open, individual and free of charge. Participation is exclusively digital and must be made on the competition website. By validating their participation, participants agree to the publication of their text on the competition platform or in a collection of the texts of the winners and 60 finalists. At their request, this participation can be made anonymously.

All participants in the writing contest are invited to read this grant of rights form before submitting their contribution. This form gives UNESCO permission to use the contributions submitted - the written conversations and the illustrations - for the publication of a collection of 60 finalist texts, in any form (printing, publication in digital format) that may be selected by UNESCO, as well as for any other use for communication purposes. This form must be returned duly completed and signed to the organisers by the participants pre-selected as finalists, or by their legal representative in the case of minors. Specifically, only those participants pre-selected as finalists will be informed in early December 2020 of the need to return the afore-mentioned form.

3.2 Required information

The following information is required in order to participate in the competition and must be entered on the competition website:

  • Name
  • First name
  • Date of birth
  • Nationality
  • Country and city of residence
  • Contact (your choice: postal address, telephone number, e-mail address)
  • Title and text

3.3. Text format The text must not exceed 5000 characters (including spaces). The works must be registered using the dedicated form. Each participant may submit only one text in the framework of the competition.

3.4. Language Participation can be in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian or Spanish.

3.5. Date Participants in the competition send in their work between 29 June 2020 and 30 November 2020. The date of receipt of the works by the jury is determined by the time and date information recorded by the mail server when sending the work on the competition website.

4. Methodology

Entries to the competition will be judged on the basis of literary creativity, originality of ideas, and relevance to the question posed (and explained in the accompanying dossier) by the participants.

All submitted texts are checked against plagiarism and incorrect citations (in any quantity) of third party works using online services to verify the uniqueness of the texts.


  • 29 June 2020: launch of the competition
  • 30 November 2020: end of the collection of texts
  • 24 January 2021: announcement of the winners

6. Finalists, laureates and prizes

6.1. Finalists In each language, 10 finalist texts are selected by the organising committee and presented to the jury.

6.2. Laureates There are 6 laureates, one in each language. They are chosen by the international jury.

6.3. Prizes

The celebration of all the participants:

All the participants in the Conversation with the Little Prince writing contest will be celebrated on the occasion of International Day of Education, 24 January 2021, as part of the #LearningPlanet Festival. From 22 to 24 January 2021, schools and other organizations (associations, writing workshops, etc.) that participated in the competition will be invited to schedule local and/or online readings of the texts written by their students and/or members. Parents, friends and relatives will thus have the opportunity to discover the richness of the many imaginary conversations and to celebrate the talent of the young people who have taken up this creative challenge.

The 60 finalists and 6 laureates will be particularly honoured on International Day of Education 2021 as part of the online celebration of this event (see #LearningPlanet Festival) and, health conditions permitting, at the Festival to be held in Paris, orchestrated in partnership with UNESCO.

The publication of the texts of the 60 finalists:

The texts in 6 languages of the 60 finalists will be published in the same digital collection entitled “Conversations with The Little Prince”. This publication will be relayed on the organisers’ websites and social networks, which together are likely to reach millions of potential readers around the world.

For the 6 laureates, an invitation to visit the World Expo in Dubai (2021-2022) :

In addition to highlighting their conversations in the digital collection “Conversations with The Little Prince” and on social networks, each laureate will be invited to discover the next major World Expo, which will be held between October 2021 and April 2022 in Dubai.

The detailed programme of this visit (dates, proposed activities, associated events) will be unveiled at the official announcement of the competition results.

7. Jury

As participation in the “Conversation with The Little Prince” writing contest can be in any of the 6 official languages of the United Nations, the Organising Committee* will make a pre-selection of 10 of the most imaginative and inspiring texts in each of these languages in December 2020, i.e. 10 finalists per language and 60 finalists in total.

For each language, a jury - made up of 3 personalities emblematic of the world of Art, Science and Education - will select a Laureate among the 10 finalists.

8. Activities related to the writing contest

In order to promote the writing contest, the organisers may propose activities (writing workshops, conferences, masterclasses) directly or indirectly linked to the competition. Participation in these activities is not compulsory to take part in the competition.

It is also proposed to participate in other forms than sending a written conversation (illustration, comic strip). Sending an illustration or comic strip is optional and will not be taken into account during the pre-selection of the "Conversations" by the competition organisers; no element other than the text will be submitted to the members of the juries responsible for designating the 6 laureates.

9. Publications

The competition organisers reserve the right to disseminate texts via: the publication of a collection, the media or the means of communication of the competition organisers and partners. These publications may not be the subject of any remuneration whatsoever. No publication of a minor participant's text will be accepted by the organizers of this contest without the written permission of his/her legal representative(s).

10. Submission of the settlement, disputes

Participation in the writing contest implies full and complete acceptance of these rules. They are available throughout the duration of the competition on the competition website.

Any dispute concerning the interpretation or application of these rules will be settled by the organisers who reserve the right to modify or cancel this competition in the event of force majeure or if circumstances so require, without compensation of any kind.

11. Information technology and freedom

By validating their text, contest participants give their consent, or that of their parents (legal representatives) in the case of minors, to the automated processing of their personal data and the transfer of non-exclusive rights to the texts sent to the contest organisers.

Participants have the right to access, rectify, correct, oppose and delete data concerning them at any time. They may exercise these rights by writing to the CRI at #LearningPlanet, CRI, 8bis rue Charles V, 75004 Paris, France or by sending an e-mail to This data is hosted on servers managed by the CRI and located on French territory.