Monday January 14, 2019
“Women of Egypt” announces the launch of its First Writing Contest for Egyptian children all over the world between the ages of 3 and 16. The contest is made possible with the generous support of Diwan Bookstore and Al Dar Al Masriah Al Lubnaniah Publishing House; Art Partner One Shot for Photography and Advertising; and Media Partners Friends of the Bibliotheca Alexandrina at Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia, Arabic Literature in English Blog “ArabLit”, and Cairo Mockingbird Platform for Arab Art and Literature.
The contest starts on 15 January 2019 and closes on 15 March 2019 (12 pmCairo Time). “The goal of the contest is to discover and celebrate Egyptian children’s creative writing, in English or Arabic, and to get them excited about reading and writing by encouraging them– no matter what their background, education or lack thereof,” said Dina Al Mahdy, the contest coordinator.
The contest is free of charge. It is opened to Egyptian children and is also eligible to children born to Egyptian parents residing anywhere in the world.
The contest will include three age groups; (3-5), (6-11) and (12-16). Nine winners will be selected for each language, 3 from each age group. The winners of the Arabic contest will be offered prizes from Al Dar Al Masreya Loubnaneya Publishing House. Diwan Bookstore will provide the prizes for the winners of the English contest. All publications of the contest will be designed by Shadi Ghonim, ONE SHOT Founder.
The selection of the winners will be made by a panel of 9 judges from Egypt and the USA. The judges are Samah Abou Bakr, Children’s Author; Mona El-Namoury, Assistant Professor, Writer and Translator; Zeinab Mobarak, Fiction and Play-Writer and Translator; Rania Amin, Children’s Author and Translator; Myriam Rizkallah, Children’s Author and Translator; Dina El-Mahdy, Writer and Literary Translator; Marcia Lynx Qualey, Children’s Author, Book Critic and Translator; Karen Leggett Abouraya, Children’s Author; Alexandra Kinias, Fiction and Screenplay-Writer, Content Editor and Writing Coach.
Winners will be announced in June 2019. Winning entries will be published in e-books in July 2019.
Special Thanks to
1- Diwan Bookstore and Al Dar Al Masreya Al Lubnaneya
2- Al Dar Al Masreya Al Lubnaneya
3- One Shot
5-Friends of Bibilotica Alexandrina at Washington DC, Maryland and Virginia
6- Cairo Mockingbird