Authors with Stories About Arab Cities Are Invited For Competition

Applications are accepted until September 1st, 2021

Rabat, Morocco.
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The Barjeel Art Foundation is running a Mudun Short Story Prize competition for authors from all over the world: participants are expected to write an artistic essay about one of the cities in the Arab region. Works are accepted until September 1st.

The story can be set in Aleppo, Beirut, Cairo, Rabat, Sharjah, or anywhere else. The organizers of the open call want to see the personal perception of each author in the texts, but they do not limit the candidates to the framework of reality: the story can become an element of fantasy or science fiction, but it is important to take into account for the social and political context, the urban landscape, and the behavior of people in a particular city in the story. The winner will receive a $ 350 prize and the second place winner will receive $250. The stories will be published in Rusted Radishes: Beirut Literary and Art Journal.

Papers in English or Arabic, no more than 5,000 words, are accepted. The author must add the places described in the story to Google Maps. Additionally, they can upload photos or illustrations for the story. A third party cover letter is required (no more than 80 words). The rules for processing are here. Ask questions at mudun@barjeel.com.

The Barjeel Art Foundation is a non-profit organization in Sharjah, UAE, established to disseminate and support the art of artists from the Arab region.

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