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Published on May 23rd, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle

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Chilean Ministry of Culture Launches Sports and Reading Program

Chilean Minister of Culture Luciano Cruz-Coke recently launched a new program from the Consejo de la Cultura, called “El Fútbol tambien Se Lee” (Football also reads).


Photo: Consejo de la Cultura

The competition encourages people over eighteen to share their experiences at football matches in writing. The competition was launched by the minister, alongside current players such as Christopher Toselli, Cristián Álvarez and Mauro Olivi, Chilean legends Patricio Yáñez, Humberto Cruz and Leonardo Véliz, referee Jorge Osorio as well as writers and sports journalists.

The first publication of El fútbol también se lee is a collection of six short stories, all relating to football. Voters can vote for their best story, among them are tales of the 1962 World Cup, and of a Santiago “Wander’s” obsessed martian. Each vote gets the chance to win tickets to the clash between Chile and Venezuela.

The competition is more than about reading though, there is a chance for each football scribe to have their own chance at glory. Stories of up to 1,500 words can be submitted by Chileans or residents of Chile.

Voting can take place up until June 3, while writing entries can be submitted until 1 p.m. on June 30.

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