Country Profile

  • Peace Corps Country: 1992 – 1997; 2003 – Present
  • WriteOn! Competition participant 2011 – Present
  • 16 International Winners since 2010
  • Fun Fact: Albania has the largest amount of bunkers per square mile. During Communism over 700,000 were built – one for every four inhabitants at the time. Now, it has an average of about 24 for every square kilometer.
  • Write On! Initiatives: Last year we were able to host a three day conference for all of our winners in grades 10 through 3rd year of university. This conference was filled with tons of writing workshops that really helped to expand these students’ creative minds even more.
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2018 National Winners

You live alone with a pet cat. One day the cat starts talking. What does it say,
and what happens next?

You’re on a hike in the forest when the trees start talking to you! What do they
say and what do you do?

You’re on a field trip to the art museum with your class. As you’re walking
through the gallery, you suddenly realize that the people in the paintings can talk
to you! What are they saying?

You find yourself locked inside an old abandoned building. How did you get
there? How do you get out?

You are exploring in the woods with a friend when you get lost. You meet a
person who offers to lead you out and you accept. However, before long you get
the feeling you are being led somewhere nobody would want to go.

Invent a new season and how it affects the world.

You are a kid’s imaginary friend, but you find yourself slowly fading away as they
grow older.

You witness a boy asking a girl out on a date. It’s awkward. Narrate it as if it is a
nature documentary.

Imagine you are someone’s shadow for one day. Whose shadow would you be
and why? What would you do?

2017 National Winners

    • 6th Grade | Tirana 
      “What would life be like if you were the size of an ant?”
    • 7th Grade | Tirana
      “You’re leaving on a spaceship and you can only bring two items. Which two do you bring and why?”
    • 8th Grade | Tirana
      “You turn on the TV to watch the news. A bank has been robbed. The police are searching for whoever did this. You sit down on the couch with your breakfast when suddenly there is a loud pounding on your door. You see police officers and police cars with their lights flashing: “Open up!” They shout.”
    • 9th Grade | Puka
      “All humans are born with an animal companion they can talk to. What animal is your companion and why? Tell a story about an adventure you have together.”
    • 10th Grade | Peshkopi
      “You are camping with your friends in the forest. You all have backpacks and two tents. When night falls, you light a fire and you get into a tent with three of your friends. As you are about to fall asleep, an enormous shadow passes your tent. You get very scared and wake your friends up. Suddenly, there is a loud scream.”
    • 11th Grade | Tirana
      “If you could switch lives with a famous person for one day, who would you choose?”
    • 12th Grade | Puka
      “Change the ending to one fairy tale.”
    • 1st Year University | Tirana
      “If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?”
    • 2nd Year University | Tirana
      “All people on Earth live in tunnels beneath the ground. What has happened on the surface of the planet? Why do you live underground?”
    • Professional | Libohove
      “A fortune teller will tell you exactly where you’ll be in 20 years but you’re powerless to change it. Would you want to hear it? Why or why not?”

2016 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Prrenjas 
      “Describe the everyday thoughts of a dog in your country.”
    • 7th Form | Roskovec | International Winner
      “Would you rather explore space or the oceans? Why?”
    • 8th Form | Tirane | International Winner
      “One day you wake up to find yourself to be the opposite gender. What is it like? How is life different?”
    • 9th Form | Fier | International Winner
      “What’s behind the door? Why is it closed?”
    • 10th Form | Tirane
      “You have invented something that will change the world. What is it? How does it work?”
    • 11th Form | Tirane | International Winner
      “You can spend your whole life traveling anywhere you want to go, but you can never stay in one place for more than three months OR you can spend your whole life in your hometown, but you can never leave. Which would you choose and why?”
    • 12th Form | Kuçove | International Winner
      “You, the captain of a large ship, are heading towards an island. On your ship is a crew of eight sailors. Once you are a hundred miles from the island, your ship hits a rock and can now only support you and two other sailors. How do you convince six sailors to jump ship?”
    • 1st Year University | Fier | International Winner
      “There are two boxes in a room. Inside one box is the best thing in life, inside the other box, the worst. What is in each of the two boxes? Describe them.”
    • 3rd Year University | Sarandë
      “You are a professional salesperson advertising a highly improbable product. What is the product and how do you convince people to buy it? Write the advertisement.”


2015 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Fier 
      “You have a hat with strange powers. What happens when you put it on?”
    • 7th Form | Shkodër
      “Everything that you draw comes to life. What do you draw?”
    • 8th Form | Tirana | International Winner
      “If you could be famous for one thing, what would you be famous for? Why?”
    • 9th Form | Tirana | International Winner
      “A beautifully wrapped package is at your door with the message, “Guard this with your life.” What’s in it and how do you protect it?”
    • 10th Form | Gjirokastër
      “You wake up to find a key under your pillow. What does it unlock?”
    • 11th Form | Tirana
      “What would the world be like if the sun was always shining and there was no night?”
    • 12th Form | Çorovodë
      “Describe what it feels like to be a raindrop falling in a thunderstorm.”
    • 1st Year University | Tirana
      “You enter a world where all the lies you’ve ever told are true. Describe the world.”
    • 2nd Year University | Tirana
      “You are alone on a hike in the woods. You come across a 374 year old woman. What do you learn from her?”
    • Professional | Tirana
      “A scientist shows you his latest invention: a machine that lets you create your own dream world. If you are hooked up to the machine, you will fall asleep and dream that you are in your ideal world, but you will never wake up. The scientist gives you the chance to use his machine. Do you use it? Why or why not?”

2014 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Tirane 
      “If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and what would you do?”
    • 7th Form | Fier
      “Pretend that you have been shrunk down to the size of an ant for a day. What do you do and see?”
    • 8th Form | Fier
      “If you could make a new animal, what would it be like?”
    • 9th Form | Tirane | International Winner
      “What do trees think about?”
    • 10th Form | Lezhe
      “Invent a new day of the year to celebrate. What would it be, when would it be, and how would people celebrate it?”
    • 11th Form | Elbasan | International Winner
      “You are one of the first settlers on Mars. You have lived there for one year. Write about your first year.”
    • 12th Form | Librazhd
      “What would you do if you knew you were going to lose your memory at the end of every day?”
    • 1st Year University | Tirane | International Winner
      “If music had flavor, what would different types of music taste like?”
    • 2nd Year University | Gjirokaster
      “What will be the most important invention in the next century? How will it change the world?”

2013 National Winners

    • 6th Form | Leskovik 
      “You wake up one morning and can understand chickens. They never shut up. What do you do?”
    • 7th Form | Burrel
      “Imagine the food in your refrigerator could talk. When the door is closed, what do you think they talk about? What do they say to each other?”
    • 8th Form | Burrel
      “What would happen if children ruled the world?”
    • 9th Form | Kucove | International Winner
      “Describe the world through a dog’s eyes.”
    • 10th Form | Fier
      “You just found a way to travel through time. You only have one round trip. Where & when do you go to?”
    • 11th Form | Elbasan
      “What does a blind person see?”
    • 12th Form | Kucove| International Winner
      “What would you do if you knew you were going to lose your memory at the end of every day?”
    • 1st Year University | Sarande
      “What is the worst thing parents can do to their children?”
    • 2nd Year University | Shkoder
      “How would the world be different if there were no jails? What would happen to people who commit crimes?”
    • 3rd Year University | Sarande
      “Respond to this quote – “Youth is wasted on the young.””

2012 National Winners

  • 6th Form | Vlora | International Winner
    “If you could invent a new season, what would it be like?”
  • 7th Form | Vlora
    “What does God do for fun?”
  • 8th Form | Tirane | International Winner
    “Write a short, modern fairy tale.”
  • 9th Form | Tirane
    “You wake up, go to the bathroom and look in the mirror. A different face looks back at you.”
  • 10th Form | Tirane | International Winner
    “Write about a heart that won’t stop beating.”
  • 11th Form | Tirane
    “What would you sacrifice your life for?”
  • 12th Form | Tirane
    “Is anything purely good or bad?”
  • 2nd Year University | Shkoder
    “I wish I had told someone…”

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