To everyone who has taken part in the Prize, even if you are not on this short list, your work was very much appreciated. The judges were impressed, inspired and delighted and I promise you that we read every word of every submission.
One of the judges wrote:
“Few people know the struggle it takes to write. Yeah, there are fun moments, rewarding moments; moments that make you feel like you’re flying on the wings of creativity. And for a lot of people who dream of writing, that’s all they think it’s about. Good times, yippie.
I thought I might describe the actual stuff of writing—the long hours of solitude, the dangerous journey through minefields of emotions, feelings, and memories. But frankly, I’d be wasting your time. All who submitted a piece, all who dared to put their hearts and souls on the frontline where their words would be read—all of you are writers. The real deal, one word at a time. It was an genuine honor to read your submissions.”
Poetry Shortlist (in no particular order)
Time reveals the truth
Writing a Letter
Times of needs
On being Arab
Short Story Shortlist (in no particular order)
The Cherry Tree Is Blooming
Rats and Bruises
Memories of All My Families
An Angel without her Wings
The Cave of Whispers
We will contact the shortlisted Poets and Writers shortly to organise the Workshop and the Prize Giving Ceremony.