Story Writing Competition by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020

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Story Writing Competition by The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020

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The Story Writing Competition is held annually by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature for school and university students. The inspiration for 2020 is Tomorrow. The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature (The Festival) is a celebration of literature in all its forms. It offers residents and overseas visitors the opportunity to meet famous authors, attend literary debates, listen to readings and participate in workshops.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Write your story – use your imagination and creativity to the full, but do remember that your inspiration is  Tomorrow.
  • Complete all sections of the online entry, attaching your story as a word document.
  • Entries can be in Arabic or in English.
  • You should submit under the appropriate age category, which relates to your age on 6 October 2019. Please note the word limit for each category:
    • Ages 11 and under (maximum of 500 words)
    • Ages 12-14 (maximum of 1000 words)
    • Ages 15-17 (maximum of 1500 words)
    • Age 18-25 (maximum of 1500 words)
  • Participants must be full-time students in schools, colleges, and universities.


  1. Entrants must be in full-time education and resident in the UAE.
  2. Copyright of material submitted remains with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
  3. Do not submit work as your own when part of or all of it has been done by someone else; this includes material found online. It must be entirely your own work, and any stories found to contain non-original content will be excluded.
  4. The winning entrants agree to the Emirates Literature Foundation.
  5.  Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s use of their name and photograph in relation to related publicity material and activities. Schools and students should be aware that they might need to obtain parental consent for this.
  6. Stories should be submitted in Times New Roman font, size 12 point, 1.5 line spacing.
  7. Stories should be unpublished and not previously submitted to any competition.
  8. Stories should be no longer than the word limit (entries exceeding the word limit assigned for each age group will be disqualified).
  9. Entries must be received on or before the closing date of 6 October 2019.
  10. Please check that you have followed all the terms and conditions before submitting your story.
  11. Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with regard to these decisions.
  12. In accordance with normal conventions for writing competitions internationally, entries which do not adhere to the said terms and conditions will not be considered.v

Award Date and Value:

Winners will be honored at a prize-giving event at The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature on 8 Feb 2020.

All the winning entries will appear in a published book. Each winner will receive:

  • Trophy.
  • Five copies of the book.
  • The opportunity to attend a Festival session.
  • All participants will receive a certificate of participation upon submitting their stories.

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United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Djibouti, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Comoros, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Mauritania, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen
Country of residence
United Arab Emirates
Age Groups
Less than25
Both gender
Literature, Research, Writing

Opportunity Information

Opportunity Targeting
School Students, Undergraduate Students
Opportunity Coverage
Opportunity will take place in
United Arab Emirates
Required Documents
Sample of your work

Educational Conditions

Required Specialties
All Specialties
Educational Level
No Education Level is Required
Required Languages
Arabic, English
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