The prize — a honor jointly bestowed by Radio France Internationale and the Agency of the University of Francophonie — was created to strengthen cultural, academic and scientific cooperation with French-speaking countries. The award is intended to encourage the writing of short stories in French by youngsters ages 18-29.
Fénélon is a student at the University of Notre Dame d’Haïti. Renaissance is a contemporary fable that recounts the birth of a sea monster.
The award ceremony took place on Tuesday at the University of Paris – International City campus on the occasion of the inauguration of the Francophonie Studies House. The winner of the RFI-AUF prize wins an international trip of cultural and literary experiences worth U.S. 2,265.
Last year, another Haitian student also won the prize. RFI reported then that Peterson Désir, a student at the State University of Haiti, received the honor for his short story, “Île Muse.”