Known as the Harry Potter bookstore, the beautiful Lello, in Portugal, will award a thousand euros to the best stories that report days of social isolation. Find out how to participate:  

Those who are feeling more creative during the quarantine will now be able to make money writing. That's because the beautiful Portuguese bookstore lol, at the Harbor, will award the six best unpublished stories that report the days of quarantine.

The winners will take home a prize of one thousand euros – and the good news is that Brazilians can participate. Anyone interested must be over 18 years old and write an unpublished fictional tale of 10 to 20 pages about social isolation.

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As the bookstore’s website indicates, “the stories presented should focus on the individual experiences of each one during the exceptional period we are experiencing due to Covid-19”.

In addition to the award, the winning stories will also be published by Lello. Entries can be made until May 31, through the contest website "Quarantine Tales“. To check the details of the regulation, just click here. 

About Livraria Lello

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Considered the most famous bookstore in Portugal and one of the most beautiful in the world, Lello & Irmão, is also known as the Harry Potter bookstore. The author of the little wizard saga, JK Rowling, lived in the Portuguese city in the 90s – and the bookstore would have been one of her inspirations to create the fictional universe of magic.

Built in 1906, Lello has in its interior a mixture of art nouveau and art deco styles with busts of famous Portuguese writers scattered on the shelves. Its famous spiral staircase, the details of the decoration and the skylight in the center of the ceiling are also very reminiscent of some of the scenarios in the little wizard saga.

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