Guidelines

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Grade 10 student participant
2015- 2016 Young Writers Competition

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Description

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The Young Writers Competition is the core component of the Young Writers Program and the foundation of the partnership between the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and the U.S. Embassy Qatar.  The guidelines for the 2017/2018 competition are detailed below.


Competition Guidelines

  • The competition is open to independent school students in grades 5, 8 and 10.
  • Only students attending Ministry of Education and Higher Education government schools are invited to participate.
  • Only one entry per student is allowed.
  • Please submit your essay here.
  • The writing can be a personal essay, a true story, a fiction story, or a poem and must adhere to the writing topics as outlined below.
  • No submissions will be accepted after February 12th, 2018.
  • Competition winners will be awarded amazing prizes from the U.S. Embassy Qatar and their writing will be published in the fourth volume of the Young Writers Journal.

Plagiarized or non-original work will be disqualified.


For the 2017 – 2018 cycle

Theme:

Transforming Obstacles into Opportunities

Important Dates

Competition Opens: September 29th, 2017
Deadline for Submissions: February 12th, 2018
Announcement of Winners: April 24th, 2018
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Writing Topics

Primary: Grade 5

In a speech delivered in July 2017, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, spoke
to the importance of positive human qualities like love, creativity, and bravery to overcome
obstacles. With this in mind, imagine you are a superhero. What is your superpower and how
does your superpower help your community, country or the world? Write a poem, personal essay
(nonfiction), or use your imagination to write a short story (fiction) about this topic. [Approx. 300 words – the word count can be used as a guideline, but is not fixed]


Preparatory: Grade 8

In a speech delivered in July 2017, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, spoke
about the positive outcomes that can grow out of challenging times. He cited the proverb, “Every
cloud has a silver lining” which, he noted, corresponds with the Quranic verse: “And perhaps you
may hate something which is good for you.” Reflect on these ideas and write a poem, personal
essay (nonfiction), or use your imagination to write a short story (fiction). [Approx. 500 words – the word count can be used as a guideline, but is not fixed]


Secondary: Grade 10

“In a speech delivered in July 2017, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, spoke about the importance of transforming challenges into opportunities through innovation, creativity, and independent thinking. With this in mind, think about a new company or business that you could start to address or overcome a social need or challenge. How would your business or company have a positive impact on your community, country, and/or the world? Write a poem, personal essay (nonfiction) or use your imagination to write a short story (fiction) about this topic.” [Approx. 500 words – the word count can be used as a guideline, but is not fixed.]