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Free-Tibet-Writing-Contest-2014Dharamshala: - Announcing the first Free Tibet writing contest, the Tapei based SFT Taiwan said Tibet's independence has been a highly controversial issue internationally, yet frequent cases of self-immolation used to protest Chinese occupation are often overlooked by foreign media or not properly contemplated by others.

In a Dec. 10 press release, the SFT Taiwan said: When these extreme cases occur, should there not be more discussion and reflection upon why one might self-immolate and what the implications are?

'SFT Taiwan would like to increase awareness of the issues of Tibet and commemorate those who have self-immolated in Tibet by holding a writing contest: the first edition of free Tibet prize for literature,' it added.

According to the group, the topic is "The Day of My Life," which invites participants to ponder the meaning of life. The topic can be decided by the author, but the work must mention the the names, dates, and reasons for self-immolation of more than one Tibetan.

The contest begins on 10 December 2014 and ends 22 February 2015. Prose entries must be under 4,000 words while modern poetry entries must be 100 lines or less. The judges will select the top three works and each will be awarded between NTD 4,000 to 30,000.

The contest is not limited to nationality, residence or place of residence. All who are interested are eligible. However, to facilitate circulation in Taiwan and China, all entries must be in Chinese. Contestants can apply to both poetry and prose categories if following the guidelines.

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