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Important Writing Submission Updates on Global Muslim Writers

Assalaam 'alaikum warahmatullah wabarakatuh.
Global Muslim Writers will be going through some changes after making some important analysis. First of all, we would like to extend our appreciation to all those who have been supportive of our cause from the beginning. That is, by sharing opinions, answering the Friday Questions, following our social media pages, and submitting stories for the writing competitions. So, it's fair to also inform you of some of the changes we will be undergoing, in shaa Allah.

Reduction of writing competitions 
As you may already know, our writing competitions are set to be monthly; except when there's an announcement of cancelation. But, we've decided that it would be more practical to have quarterly contests; four times a year. This would enable us to better keep track of submitted writings as we grow and receive more submissions. So, check the image below to have an idea of the upcoming submissions; specific dates will be announced.

The increase of word-limit
Previously, the word-limit for each submission was 700. However, we found out that it may be limiting for some people. Although we still encourage to keep stories or poems short, we would like to give more room for those who prefer writing a little longer. So, the word-limit is now 1500.

Accepted submissions
Although we accept stories and poems of various topics, we would like the focus to be on cultural awareness, social awareness, and anything that talks about 'people.' What do we mean by that? One of the main reasons for starting Global Muslim Writers was to show the diversity of Muslims throughout the world. We always make research about Muslims from various backgrounds, but it is always more authentic when it comes from first-hand experience. This doesn't mean you should be limited to only talk about your ethnicity, language, etc. It could mean writing about how Eid is celebrated in your country, your first Ramadhan, social problems in your society, awareness, your experience as a new Muslim, information about your language, etc. We often forget that even though Muslims around the world share a common religion or general way of life, we all have different cultural practices that differ us. That's the beauty of our ummah; at least that's how we should see it.

Awareness is also one of the main reasons why we started Global Muslim Writers. We wanted to create a platform where Muslims from various parts of the world are given a voice. We believe that many voices are yet to be heard, so why not encourage everyone to speak up and make a difference by raising awareness.

Change in age limit
The age limit for submission was 30 years old. The only reason why we had age categories was to fairly judge writing submissions because the youngest contestant we accept is age 5. It would be unfair to compare writings from 5-year-olds to 25-year olds, for example. We would like to keep the age categories, but Group D will be extended to 'unlimited.' This means that the last age category will now be 17- ~ (whatever that age is)

New post for every submission
Previously, announcements for new submissions were posted on our social media pages without necessarily making a new post on Global Muslim Writers. For now on, we would like to announce them on GMW through separate posts and on social media. This is important because it would not only prevent confusion, it would also allow us to announce new prizes or new information for that month; if any. To receive regular updates, join our newsletter or follow our social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest (still updating).

Visibility of voting percentage
No one has brought this to our attention, but we realized that the percentage of voters wasn't made visible on the poll. We would like to make that visible for those who would like to keep track.

Change in prizes
Global Muslim Writers start only a few months ago. So, we started out by offering publication, a certificate of achievement, and a pdf file of the Ideal Muslim/Muslimah Journal as a prize. Now, we're working on providing a variety of different prizes; depending on the month of submission and sponsorship. You can help by sharing our page to all your social media platforms, to friends, family, and by especially making du'a.

We hope everything listed is clear. But, if you have any questions, please, feel free to kindly leave a comment below or use the contact form to email us. Once again, thank you very much for all your support; it has been very much appreciated. All pages will soon be updated, in shaa Allah.

Author: Umm Sumayyah Umm Sumayyah is a mother of two and a former teacher who turned into a home educator after becoming a mother. She is also an editor and a researcher who loves collecting and sharing information on education, career, and entrepreneurship.

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