OPEN CALL for SARDAM 2018! Deadline: 27th January 2018!

Addressed to writers, writers-performers or other artists working with their own texts, from all around the world!


a) a short bio in english and/or greek (max 250 words, paragraph style)

b) a photo (in high resolution)

c) a writing sample in english and/or greek (poem, short story, flash fiction, novel excerpt, experimental text, visual writing etc.)

d) a link/video of one of your readings or literary performances (or sound poetry acts etc.)

* we no longer accept descriptions of videopoems/videotexts but only the actual proposed videopoems/videotexts

e) a website or other link which includes more info about you and your work (optional)

f) a short description of your proposal for Sardam 2018:


  • WORKSHOP IDEA (maximum duration 3-4 hours) or LECTURE IDEA (maximum duration 1-2 hours)

Mixed Media Literary Workshop? Creative Writing Workshop? Poetry Slam Workshop? Literary Performance or Performance Writing Workshop? Other kind of relevant workshop or lecture?

  • 10-MINUTE LIVE READING OR LITERARY PERFORMANCE IDEA (for participation in the group readings nights)
  • SITE-SPECIFIC READING OR LITERARY PERFORMANCE IDEA (for out of the theatre acts in different places of the city)
  • SARDAM SOLO (parallel festival event, duration: 30 minutes max, solo act)
  • SARDAM GROUP (parallel festival event, duration: 30 minutes max, group act)
  • OTHER (Surprise us!)

*Please describe in detail how you plan to present your work and whether you will cooperate with another writer, artist or other professional. If you are proposing a collaboration, also send a short bio, a photo and work samples or links of your collaborator(s). The festival may also propose collaborators from Cyprus for selected acts.

Send all materials to, adding the phrase SARDAM 2018 APPLICATION and your Full Name as the email subject. All text attachments should be sent in both word and pdf.

An applicant may apply for either 1 or max 2 categories from the above (in the same email, please do not send multiple e-mails).

Some applicants may be offered a place for Sardam 2019 edition.

Priority will be given to applicants who haven’t participated in the festival’s previous editions.

The applications will be evaluated by a selection committee which will be announced at a later stage and will include writers and artists from Cyprus and abroad.

The results will be announced in Spring 2018.

SARDAM 2018 will take place in September/October 2018 (exact dates to be announced soon).

Good luck!

SARDAM, deriving from the word σαρδάμ («verbal slip» in greek), is an annual, out of the box, literature festival, based in Cyprus that was founded in 2013 by the writer Maria A. Ioannou and the artistic group aRttitude. The festival presents the work of writers-performers or text-related artists from Cyprus and abroad through fresh, innovative and often mixed media ways/collaborations. The writers and artists that are invited to Sardam, either through direct invitation by the festival’s artistic team or through an annual open call evaluated by an assigned committee, choose to Sardam-ize themselves in front of a word-a-holic audience. The writers and artists that participate have the confidence and ability to expose themselves on the literary stage of Sardam, either by simply using their voice and body or by working with other forms of art and other artists/professionals/scientists. An important requirement is that the writer/artist presents/reads/performs his/her own original work (text) and actively takes part in the presentation process. From Slam Poetry to Sound Poetry, from videotext to interactive writing-related software, Sardam is open to any kind of literary/textual presentation and experimentation, as long as it has meaning and literary quality. Besides presenting evenings full of alternative literary readings/performances in different cities of Cyprus, Sardam also presents exciting literary/performative workshops, as well as parallel events (site-specific readings, installations, tributes, SARDAM Guest of Honour, SARDAM solo/group and so on). Be as innovative as possible, be fearlessly creative and join us!

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