21. 10. 2010SECRET HEART – Short Story Competition

Secret Heart of Chopin

In the year of Chopin Slovenian art group KOLEKTIVA and FPSW Foundation for Promotion Contemporary Art is inviting you to write a short story about Chopin’s heart whereabouts during the WWII.

Deadline: December 3, 2010
The best story will be awarded with 100 EUR!

Before the funeral, pursuant to Chopin’s dying wish (which stemmed from a fear of being buried alive), his heart was removed and preserved in alcohol, perhaps brandy. His sister later took it in an urn to Warsaw, where it was sealed within a pillar of the Holy Cross Church on Krakowskie Przedmieście, beneath an inscription from Matthew VI:21: “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Chopin’s heart has remained there—except for a period during World War II, when it was removed for safekeeping—within the church that was rebuilt after its virtual destruction during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

After Chopin died in Paris, his sister brought his heart back here, as he wished. It was interred in the church. A music-loving German general – a notorious war criminal, as it happened – help save it when the Nazis leveled the church after uprising.
(Searching for Chopin, Finding Poland’s Past by Michael Kikmmelman
Published in New York Times on October 3, 2009)

We are looking for a fiction short story about the hiding of the heart. Who and how many people were involved, how and where it was hidden? What happened during the hiding? How it was found out again and restored in the new church?

The story about the course of events during the hiding of the heart might be or might be not intertwined with real facts.


Length: Up to 1.500 words
Language: Polish or English
Eligibility: Everyone can apply
Author must also include following data: Name, Surname, Address, Phone Number or E-mail

Stories must be submitted to the e-mail: kolektiva@gmail.com no later than December 3, 2010

The best story will be awarded with 100 EUR!

With the sending of the story you give KOLEKTIVA and Program Gallery the permission to:
– use your story in the art project Secret Heart (installation in the gallery)
– translate in English
– publish it on the internet (on the website: www.special-place.net)
– publish it in a small booklet (accompanying publication to the exhibition)

If you do not clearly specify in your submission, that you don’t give the permission for any of the above mentioned, we will consider that you agree with all paragraphs.

More information:

KOLEKTIVA will present the best stories at the exhibition Secret Heart in Program Gallery in Warsaw in December 2010. KOLEKTIVA will respect the copyrights of the authors and will clearly state the authorship of each story.