Cultural project “Stay at home”

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May 1, 2020 @ 12:00 am – July 5, 2020 @ 12:00 am
Cultural project "Stay at home"

Barco de Papel Bookstore and Barco de Papel Cultural Center are organizing two open competitions: We all are New York, short stories and emotional drawings.

These contests allow you to share your experience during confinement by a drawing, the testimonial expression of your experiences and / or the writing of a short story on the subject: New York during the pandemic. Deadline is July 5, 2020.

New York is today the epicenter of the world in the events of COVID-19. The pandemic has hit our immigrant community particularly hard, disproportionately affecting Queens County, specially in the neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Elmhurst and Corona. Their residents are in quarantine, part of the official recommendation “Stay at home”; a necessary imposition that is having consequences in our lives. As the city is closing and the images of empty streets are spreading in social media, a human drama emerges: living with an invisible enemy that turns our friends and neighbors into unsafe people, to be avoided with physical distancing. Adding to that, a devastating economic havoc that has affected our communities.

In this context, your story can find a place that gives meaning to your emotions and contributes to know better how people live the pandemic from your personal experience. Writing a story about it, is finding a space for individual expression, an emotional catharsis. This initiative gives you that option through the making of a drawing, the testimonial expression or the writing of a short story about how the Pandemic is lived in New York. At this moment we are bombarded with news, where anguish is part of our daily life, let’s transform that into lived experiences. Let us be part of the history of this country, of this city, of these neighborhoods.

All people from 18 years of age living in New York may participate. Initially, the winning stories and drawings will be published in digital format.

Deadline for the competition is  set to July 5, 2020. The drawings must be suitable for long-term display as well as digital display.

If you want to participate in the documentation of this historic moment, send us an email to: and we will send you the contest rules.

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