Literary discipline

Do you speak the Czech language well and do you like to write? Do you have original ideas and a unique style? Do you like to learn new things?

Join the literary discipline of the CEMACH competition.

What will you be tasked with?

The goal will be to write a paper that relates to contemporary Israel. It can be an academic text or prose. It is recommended to choose either essay form or short stories in any style.

What do you have to do to win?

Find a circuit that interests you, think about a narrower topic and send your project proposal to Radek Hejret, the guarantor of the discipline. All you need is an approximate title and three or four sentences, in which direction you want to go when writing. Failure to submit a project proposal will cost you both useful advice on the topic and writing, as well as points in the overall evaluation.

Then send the finished project using this form.

What should the project be about?

The CEMACH project aims for the contestants to get to know what Israel is like today and how people live in it. Contest entries must therefore be related to modern Israel, not e.g. Jewish history, World War II, etc. Here are examples of topics:

Suitable topics:
  • Tourism
  • Science
  • Ecology
  • Education
  • Culture

Inappropriate topics:
  • Golem
  • Holocaust
  • Middle East conflict

CEMACH video tutorial on how to write a good essay:

How will the project be evaluated?

Literary works will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  1. Content interest, originality

A good topic is the basis of a quality text. The topic should be both sufficiently interesting and as narrow as possible due to the limitation of the length of the competition texts. The guarantor of the discipline is very happy to give advice especially in this part of the preparation of the work. A particularly original concept of the subject will bring good points.

  1. Linguistic and stylistic aspect

High-quality language and good stylistics of the work are highly valued. On the contrary, errors in grammar, including punctuation, broken text divisions on paragraphs, and other offenses against insufficient revision of the finished text will cost the contestant unnecessary points in the overall evaluation.

A guide to writing quality content with tips and tricks can be found at this link.

  1. Use of information sources in the Czech Republic about Israel

Every project should be based on quality information sources. There are plenty of articles about Israel on the Internet, both in Czech and English. In addition to the Internet, it is recommended to use Czech and foreign-language newspapers, magazines, and encyclopedias.

An integral part of the work is the list of used sources given at the end of the work. This list does not count towards the total range.

  1. Fulfillment of formal requirements

The submitted project must meet basic requirements such as title and author’s name. The literary discipline of the Cemach competition also aims at deepening the skills of working with text. Therefore, the limit of the total text is set at 2,500 – 5,000 characters without spaces. Works whose scope deviates from this limitation will lose points.

​Contact us

If you don’t know what to do, visit the instructions section, if you can’t find the answer here either, you can contact the discipline guarantor directly at the given email:

Radek Hejret
The guarantor of the literary discipline