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Every culture and every language has its own proverbs. Because of that, the Association of youth organizations OPENS has decided to organize competition in 2019 for writing short stories on subject folk proverbs in collaboration with the Ministry of culture and informing, Government of Autonomous province of Vojvodina, City of Novi Sad, Matica Srpska and Radio Television of Vojvodina. The competition was designed for high-schoolers that go to schools within the Autonomous province of Vojvodina.

In collaboration with Matica Srpska we have chosen six proverbs:

  1. When it thunders the most, it rains the least.
  2. Wolf sheds hair but never its temper.
  3. Dig a hole for someone – you will fall into it yourself.
  4. A smart man goes slow but comes fast.
  5. In the eyes of someone else, you see a straw but in your own, you don’t see the beam.
  6. God doesn’t see muddy feet, he sees clean hearth.

After the closing of the competition, we received 1024 pieces from 35 different high schools, out of which 899 complied with competition rules. Due to a large number of pieces, the publication of winning works was scheduled till 15th June, starting from Friday 12th June 2020 when the winners of the first proverb will be announced. The best pieces will be used as scenarios for short animated movies and authors will receive a money prize. The goal of the project was to encourage pupils of high schools to animate and connect them with the culture of their country on a different, interesting, and modern way.


At the end of the competition, we will give awards for teams or individuals, for schools and teachers or to be precise,for each proverb. Each team or an individual could have applied for competition with only one work. For each proverb, the best piece was chosen and awarded 60.000,00 RSD. In order to fulfill the conditions, high schools had to send at least 2 pieces for each of the 6 proverbs. We awarded schools that had winning pieces for each of 6 proverbs with 30.000,00 RSD. The school that sends the biggest number of pieces, that fulfilled the conditions will be rewarded with 60.000,00 RSD. Also, mentors of the winning pieces will be awarded with 30.000,00 RSD.

The whole process of realization of the competition, as well as the awarding ceremony, will be emitted on Radio and Television station of Vojvodina, as the public service of Republic of Serbia.

Let the wisest win!

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