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Young Muslim Writers Award

Muslim Writers Awards are now inviting submissions from Muslim writers from the ages of 8 through to 16. Winners of both Best Short story and Best Poetry will be revealed at a televised awards ceremony scheduled for April 2010.  Regional events to highlight the aims and objectives behind the awards are currently underway around the country. 

This year, the panel of judges includes award winning Leila Aboulela (author of Minaret) and children's writers Anna Perera (author of Guantanamo Boy), Bhavit Mehta (author of Laghu the Clever Crow), Sufiya Ahmed (author of the Khadija Academy series) along with best-selling novelist Qaisra Shahraz, Moazzam Begg (author and 2008 MWA writer of the year) and Zahid Hussain (author of The Curry Mile). 

Now into its fourth year, the Muslim Writers Awards was set up to showcase and celebrate the very best of literary talent from Muslims across the UK. This ground-breaking initiative works with public and private sector partners, and the annual televised event plays host to some of the most well known and influential people from across the social, political and business arena.  

Throughout the year, MWA also works closely with schools, literary agents and publishers to provide opportunities for emerging writers. 

If you would like your school to participate, please contact Asma Khanom, Project Coordinator on 0203 246 0015 or email asma.khanom[at]muslimwritersawards.org.uk  for an MWA U16s pack. 

Deadline for entries is Friday 5 February 2010. To download entry forms and to view submission criteria please visit the MWA website.

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