Q&A: Competitions for Novelists

Question:

I know there are a few novel writing competitions, but don’t know of any Islamic ones. Are there any current contests as such where the prize is to publish your book, even non-Muslim contests, since I’ve only seen a few, and only one that I might actually consider entering?

Can you answer this question? Please post your advice below.

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  1. As-salamu Alaykum,

    I have seen a few competitions of this type for Muslim writers over the years but don’t know of anything current. If I do find something, it will be listed on our Contests & Events page, so make sure to check our listings frequently. We also list short-story competitions and other events of interest to Muslim writers.

    Sometimes a competition is not “Islamic” but is still relevant to Muslims because it targets writers in countries or regions with large Muslim populations. For example, there is the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, which is a secular competition, but may see entries from writers whose work includes Islamic themes. Depending on where you live, you may find competitions of interest in your region as well.

    There is also nothing wrong with entering secular competitions in general, although I think one should always be wary of entry fees (which can get quite high) or signing away rights without any particular gain. You should also consider whether a prize from a particular competition is of true value in that it somehow advances your writing career.

    As writers, we actually compete against other writers each time we submit our work to a publisher or agent with the hope of getting published. This type of competition is open to us 24/7, so polish your work, and take the time to learn about the process of querying.

    I depend on the readers of this site to inform me of new opportunities for Muslim writers, so I would be grateful for additional information about novel writing competitions that may be of interest to the poster and Muslims writers in general. Feel free to leave comments detailing your experiences!

    Amel – MWC Admin

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