Victoria & Albert: Love Letters

Thursday 14 February 2019
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This year's — the sixth — DAAD/IMLR German Writing competition marks the 200th birthdays of Victoria and her husband Albert. The competition launches on Valentine's Day, commemorating a love that blossomed across borders, cultures and languages, between the Prince of Saxe-Coburg and the British Queen. During the time between their first meeting in May 1836 and their wedding in February 1840, many letters crossed the Channel — from Britain to Saxony and back from Saxony to Britain — and most, if not all, were written in German, the language Victoria had learned from her mother as a little girl. 

Learners and lovers of German are invited to imagine one of these letters. Put yourself in the shoes of Victoria or Albert (or both) and write a (pair of) letter(s) or creatively adapt one (or an exchange) of their letters as a mini-play, lyrics for a rap song (à la Hamilton), a (set of) poems(s) or similar. Does Albert share his thoughts with Victoria about moving to Britain and becoming part of her life? Does Victoria tell Albert about Britain while contemplating their life together? 

The competition is open to students at secondary schools and Sixth Form Colleges, undergraduate and postgraduate students, German mother-tongue speakers, and anyone else who feels up to the challenge. Entries are welcomed from single authors and pairs of contributors. The text must be written in German, and should not exceed 350 words. The competition closes on Wednesday, 15 May 2019. 

Further details and how to enter.

The competition is organised jointly between the DAAD London, the Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London, and the Goethe-Institut London. It is supported by the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Swiss Embassy, and the Austrian Cultural Forum in London. 

Victoria & Albert: Love Letters is part of the Victoria & Albert 200 festival.