Thank you for participating in the “Palestine: Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination” writing competition! Submissions are now closed, and winners will be announced on January 30, 2024.

Palestine: Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination 

Hamad Bin Khalifa University Press is pleased to organize a creative writing competition open to students only, under the theme ‘Palestine: Land of Olives and Unwavering Determination.’ This initiative is a tribute to the struggle and resilience of the Palestinian people, as well as a call for talent and creativity.

This competition aims to: 

  1. Provide students with the opportunity to express themselves and their feelings about what is happening in Palestine today.  
  2. Encouraging the abilities of students to write short stories, personal thoughts and essays, poetry, or any other form of creative writing.  
  3. Contribute to the development of skills in literary expression and writing, as well as provide an opportunity for vocabulary enrichment.  
  4. Strengthen the relationship between the home and the school and establish a practice beyond publishing books to discovering, developing, and nurturing talent.  

Terms and Conditions of Participation:  

  1. Participation is limited to students in the secondary and preparatory levels only.  
  2. Applicants may submit their written works in either Arabic or English.  
  3. The topic of submission should revolve around the issue of Palestine.  
  4. The submission must fall into one of the forms of creative writing (short stories, thoughts and essays, poetry, etc).  
  5. The deadlines to submit is January 24, 2024.  
  6. To apply, applicants must complete and submit the form found at the following link:  

Contest Prize 

HBKU Press will be awarding the top three applicants from each age group a prize of 1,000 Qatari Riyals, as well as a collection of best-selling books.