Oxford University Press Story Competition Winners announced
The third Oxford University Press Story Writing competition came to an end today with a prize-giving ceremony for gifted young writers in the UAE. Students from local schools in the country participated in the competition which is held by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in partnership with leading education publisher Oxford University Press.
The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Between Hello and Goodbye’, chosen by Carnegie Medal and Whitbread Prize-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean at the previous Festival. Judges remarked on the high standard of the submissions in Arabic and English that were received for the competition, saying that the quality of story-telling across all genres was particularly impressive.
The awards were presented to winning students by local children’s author Sahar Naja Mahfouz and UK children’s illustrator and author Sarah McIntyre, in the presence of Julie Till, Gulf Regional Manager for Oxford University Press, and Isobel Abulhoul, Festival Director, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. Winning entries are published in a dual-language book and winners also received trophies, signed books and tickets to Emirates Airline Festival of Literature creative-writing workshops.
Julie Till, Gulf Regional Manager for Oxford University Press said of the competition: “Despite ever-growing distractions in the world, the participants of this competition have shown the compelling power of story-telling. There is such a wealth of creativity and talent in the UAE that needs to be nurtured and Oxford University Press is pleased to encourage this by sponsoring the competition.”
The winners – English language:
|11 & UnderDaniel WilsonVenumi GamagCharlotte Haines||12 to 14 Age GroupNancy SmithFemke RussellSofia Thresher Ouenniche|
|15 to 17 Zoe CurtisDaniyal MalikAzia Aizaz Karjikar||18+ Age GroupJerusha SequeiraLavanya MalhotraYousuf Essa Al Ghurair|
The winners – Arabic language:
|11 & UnderHaya Sami Fahad Al HammadiNada Mohamed Badr AlsayeghAhmed Mohamed Saleh Al Shamma||12 to 14 Age GroupAlAnood Adam Mohammed Al BlooshiHuda Sayed Hassan AlHashemiEmad Mohammed Gharib|
|15 to 17 Mouza Humaid Bakhit Saeed Bakhit Al KetbiHind Abdel MajidAmna Baqer Abdulwahid||18+ Age GroupMeera Rashid Al MuhairiMariam Mesbah Al DhaheriSalma Elgaili Abdelkarim Ahmed|