The collection of short stories written by the elementary and high school students from Montenegro called “Dragons are coming” will have 40 stories, as decided by the jury of the Seventh Regional Festival of Fantastic Literature REFESTICON 2019. The competition announced for the first time to promote the creativity and popularization of literary fantasy among young people received 89 stories from all over Montenegro.
Stories in three categories are selected, from the fourth to the sixth grade, from the seventh to the ninth and in the category for high schools, and the best ranked will be rewarded with the newly established prize the 'Dragon's egg'.
The stories were anonymously evaluated by Slobodan Zoran Obradovic from Bijelo Polje, Radmila Knezevic from Budva, Nadja Durkovic from Podgorica and Blagoje Vujisic from Bijelo Polje.
The organizers invite all award-winning participants and their mentors to the celebration of presenting prizes which will be held on Friday, June 7th, at 5 p.m. in Bijelo polje within the 7th REFESTICON. All authors whose stories are included in the collection will get a free copy of the book.
STUDENTS AWARDED IN THREE CATEGORIES
In the category of the youngest pupils from the fourth to sixth grade from the elementary schools, the Golden Dragon’s Egg Award was given to Radmila Korac, a pupil of the sixth grade from "Braca Ribar" Elementary School in Bijelo Polje. The Silver Dragon’s Egg Award in this category with the same number of points is shared by Ksenija Djurovic, elementary school pupil of "Kekec" from Sutomore, Jovana Bugarin, 6th grade elementary school pupil from "Risto Ratkovic" in Bijelo Polje, then Nina Doljanica, 5th grade pupil from the elementary school "Narodni heroj Savo Ilic" in Kotor and Stasa Obradovic, 5th grade pupil from the elementary school "Risto Ratković" from Bijelo Polje. The third place in this category and the Bronze Dragon’s Egg Award belonged to Milos Djukanovic, a pupil of the fifth grade from the elementary school "Dusan Bojovic" in Niksic.
In the category of elementary school students from the seventh to the ninth grade, the highest points and the Golden Dragon's Egg award were won by a pupil of the ninth grade from the elementary school "Marko Miljanov" in Bijelo Polje, Ajla Sabovic. The second prize and the Silver Dragon's Egg was won by the eighth-grade pupil from the elementary school "Vladislav Sl. Ribnikar" in Bijelo Polje, Andjela Pavicevic. In this category, with the same number of points, the Bronze Dragon's Egg Award is equally divided by three students: Vasil Music from the seventh grade of primary school "Vladislav Sl. Ribnikar "from Bijelo Polje, Strahinja Bajovic from the ninth grade of elementary school" Vuko Jovovic" from Danilovgrad and Nikolina Nikolic from the seventh grade of the school " Narodni heroj Savo Ilic” in Kotor.
Andjela Vucetic, a student of the high school "Ivan Goran Kovacic" from Herceg Novi, won the highest number of points in the high school category and the Golden Dragon’s Egg award. In this category, the second place and Silver Dragon’s Egg was awarded to Nemanja Djuric from the high school "Ivan Goran Kovacic" from Herceg Novi and a pupil of the Gymnasium Kotor Vasilije Vuksanović from Budva. In this category, the same number of points and the Bronze Dragon's Egg Award was won by three students: Luka Tapuskovic, second grade student from secondary school "Sergije Stanic" from Podgorica, Maja Catović from the second grade from Gymnasium Kotor and Vuk Djordjevic from the third grade of the high school "Ivan Goran Kovacic "from Herceg Novi.
The Special prize Fire Dragon’s Egg was awarded to the youngest participant in the competition - a five year old Novak Lakcevic from Bijelo Polje. For the front page of the collection, the art work by Helena Rakonjac, the eighth-grade student from the elementary school "Dusan Korac" in Bijelo polje was selected. The stories and authors that will be found in the collection “Dragon are coming”: High schools
Propuštena prilika – Anđela Vučetić (Herceg Novi)
Otkrovenje zvano zmaj – Nemanja Đurić (Herceg Novi)
Biografija poznavaoca zmajeva – Vasilije Vuksanović (Budva)
Zmaj energija koju otkrivam u sebi – Vuk Đorđević (Herceg Novi)
Posljednji dah Saragora – Luka Tapušković (Podgorica)
Moj Leo – Maja Ćatović (Kotor)
Jedna duša – Andrea Jelić (Andrijevica)
Zmaj i pećina – Almina Gredić (Bijelo Polje)
Potraga za zlatnim zmajem – Žarko Vujović (Herceg Novi)
Legenda je postala stvarnost – Jelena Smolović (Bijelo Polje)
Povratak snu – Andrej Marković (Cetinje)
Biografija jednog zmaja – Ajla Kukuljac (Herceg Novi)
Vražija pećina – Jovana Obradović (Bijelo Polje)
Primary schools 7th, 8th, 9th grade
Bilo je to negdje, nekad – Ajla Šabović (Bijelo Polje)
Zdravčica za zmajicu – Anđela Pavićević (Bijelo Polje)
Zmajeva kletva – Vasil Musić (Bijelo Polje)
Zmaj i Pako – Strahinja Bajović (Danilovgrad)
Zmaj u dimenziji N – Nikolina Nikolić (Kotor)
Rasmus – Stastija Perović (Kotor)
Dobrota će pobijediti i zmajevu vatru – Hamza Bralić – Rožaje
Usnuli Rio – Nikola Kovač (Kotor)
Povratak – Teodora Mušikić (Nikšić)
Narak i Gordije – Danilo Balaban (Cetinje)
Velike tajne malog mjesta – Tarik Idrizović (Bijelo Polje)
Neustrašivi zmaj plemenitog srca – Andrea Vukčević (Podgorica)
Poklon – Jovana Šućur (Nikšić)
Bajka o muzičkom selu – Ana Doljenica (Kotor)
Preobražaj – Sofija Aleksić (Nikšić)
Zmajevi dolaze – Aranđela Baošić (Bijelo Polje)
Zmaj noćne more – Helena Rakonjac (Bijelo Polje)
Primary schools 4th, 5th, 6th grades
Spasitelj – Radmila Korać (Bijelo Polje)
Legenda o selu Zmajevu – Ksenija Đurović (Sutomore)
Zmajevi dolaze – legenda o dolasku – Jovana Bugarin (Bijelo Polje)
Legenda malog sela – Nina Doljanica (Kotor)
Uvrnuti san – Staša Obradović (Bijelo Polje)
Na krilima zmaja – Miloš Đukanović (Nikšić)
Feniks se vraća – Stefanija Božović (Bijelo Polje)
Neobičan susret – Kristijan Mitrović (Nikšić)
Čarobna moć duginog luka – Faida Zejnilović (Bijelo Polje)
Djevojčica i zmaj – Novak Lakčević (Bijelo Polje)
(The sequence is from the contents of the collection and does not represent the number of points won at the competition)
Text by CdM, on May 28th 2019, read more at CdM