Thank you for your interest in submitting to the 2020 HBKU Press Call for Submissions for the chance to be included in the book, Together……Apart.

The call is now closed. Please note that HBKU Press will only contact those whose submission has been chosen.

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press has opened a call for submissions for any literary and/or artistic submissions inspired by life in confinement: Together……Apart

The call for submissions looks to collate reflective pieces that come as a reaction to the global changes that the coronavirus has thrust upon us. Acceptable submissions can be in the form of:

  • Personal essays
  • Narrative first-person writing pieces
  • Opinion pieces
  • Illustrations, sketches and/or drawings
  • Photographs
  • Original memes/digital artwork
  • Poetry, or any combination of the above.

Pieces should reflect your experience of working from home, losing your job, being house-bound with family or separated from your loved ones, having to change major life plans, your shifts in attitude or worldview, the experience of contracting the disease or knowing someone who has, etc. or anything related to how you are feeling, coping and adapting to the global pandemic. If your submission is chosen, it will be included in a published book that documents this challenging time.


General Information

  • This opportunity is open to anyone of any age. Written submissions will only be accepted in Arabic, English, and French.
  • Applicants must agree to all terms and conditions set forth below.
  • Only completed applications submitted on or before May 20, 2020 will be considered for publication.
  • A complete application includes:
    • The below application form filled out and signed (for minors under 18 years of age, a parent/guardian must fill out and sign on their behalf)
    • Rationale (500-1000 words)
    • A short biography (500 words)
    • Submission of one of the below:
      • Written piece (essay, narrative, poem, etc.) up to 5000 words saved as a Word document
      • Scanned illustrations/photographs/artwork in JPEG, JPG, PNG formats
  • Only those applicants whose work has been chosen to be featured in the publication will be contacted.


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