Women of Egypt magazine has announced the launch of its first-ever writing contest Egyptian children all over the world between the ages of 3 and 16. The contest is supported by 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, ArabLit, and the Cairo Mockingbird Platform for Arab Art and Literature.
The contest opens today, January 15, 2019, and closes in one month, on February 15, 2019, at 12 p.m. Cairo time.
According to Dina Al Mahdy, the contest coordinator, “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.”
The contest is free of charge and is open to Egyptian children and children of Egyptian parents anywhere in the world.
The contest is divided into three age groups: 3-5, 6-11, and 12-16. Nine winners will be selected for each language, three from each age group. The winners of the Arabic contest will be offered prizes from Al Dar Al Masreya Loubnaneya Publishing House, and Diwan Bookstore will provide the prizes for the winners of the English contest. .
The selection of the winners will be made by a panel of nine judges, including Samah Abou Bakr, Mona El-Namoury, Zeinab Mobarak, Rania Amin, Myriam Rizkallah, Dina El-Mahdy, Marcia Lynx Qualey, Karen Leggett Abouraya, and Alexandra Kinias.
Winners will be announced in June 2019, with winning entries published in e-books in July 2019.