Four weeks to go before Vodafone Literary Competition closes
Vodafone is calling all Arabic literary enthusiasts to join its 3rd Literary Competition before it closes in a little over four weeks on February 1, 2016. Held under the patronage of H.E Dr. Hamad Bin Abdulaziz Al Kuwari, the Minister of Culture and Heritage, Vodafone’s literary competition is inspired by the theme of this year’s Qatar National Day celebrations, “Our help carries joy to the aggrieved” – a verse that comes from a poem written by Qatar’s founder Sheikh Jassim Bin Mohammed Al-Thani.
The competition is open to all citizens and residents until 1 February 2016 and the submissions for both the competition’s categories have to be in the Arabic language according to the following conditions:
Category 1: Taking inspiration from the competition’s theme “Our help carries joy to the aggrieved”, the first category is for the best historical story. It should aim at enhancing the spirit of patriotism through ancient or modern history. The story may also be on a heroic event of an influential figure in Qatar’s history. Participants can also work on a key historical event, or a story that talks about a leading historical figure who led the nation’s renaissance. However, please do not indulge in historical details at the expense of literary flair. Submissions have to be in the form of a story between 2000 – 2500 words.
The prizes for this category are:
• 1st Prize QR50,000
• 2nd Prize QR30,000
• 3rd Prize QR20,000
Category 2: The second category is for the best narrative poetry (poem) written in classical Arabic, which also aims to enhance patriotism through one of the following two topics:
– A national issue that deepens patriotism, loyalty, the sense of belonging, sacrifice…etc.
– A key historical event related to the well-known expression about Qatar as ‘The Bosom of the Oppressed’ “Kaaba Almdiom” highlighting Qatar’s authentic values.
The prizes for this category are as follow:
• 1st Prize QR20,000
• 2nd Prize QR15,000
• 3rd Prize QR10,000
The panel of judges – Qatari literary and luminary experts – will convene in February 2016 to agree the winners who will be announced in March 2016.