Calling Young Muslim Writers: The Muslim Writers Award

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Muslim children and teenagers across UK are invited to participate in this writing competition by submitting their penned work. By Afia R Fitriati.

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For the ninth year since its inception in 2006, the Muslim Writers Awards (MWA) is calling children aged five to sixteen to submit their written work.

This year, the Awards are presented by the Yusuf Islam Foundation, an umbrella organisation that operates in the field of education, community development and philanthropy.

The UK-based contest is an educational programme that seeks ‘to harness creative talent and nurture aspiring writers within the Muslim community’, the MWA website says. Its long-standing partners include Penguin Books, Puffin Books and the Institute of English Studies at the University of London.

Among MWA’s list of talented young writers is Sufiya Ahmed, a teenage author whose novel, Secrets of the Henna Girl, has been published by Puffin Books.

‘A few years ago some of my work was shortlisted at the Muslim Writers Awards and I was then introduced to the people at Puffin Books. The road to publishing “Secrets of the Henna Girl” all started from there,’ said Sufiya in an interview for the MWA website.

The closing date for submissions is 31 March. For more information on the MWA and how to submit your work, please visit the MWA website.

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