How it Works

The purpose of creating this quarterly writing competition is to encourage Muslims to write stories, Islam-focused stories, to be creative, master the art of writing, and much more. Read the About page to learn more about the reasons for these bi-yearly competitions.


How does it work?
Twice times a year, contestants from every age group would each submit a short story. Competitions would be based on submitted writings. Previously, submissions were divided into age groups. But, we’ve decided to make that part of the contests. Now, anyone can join and all writings will be judged the same, irrespective of the age group.

Also, we no longer accept poetry submissions as part of the contests, but you can always submit poems as guest posts. The reason for this is because we want to encourage storytelling and to learn more about different parts of the Muslim world. Please, only submit short stories, neither very long ones nor multiple-part ones.

  1. After submission, the top 2 short stories will be selected and published on this site after editing
  2. Authors of the top two (2) writings will be contacted to be informed
  3. The first and second place winners will be announced on GMW and on social media
  4. Readers will vote (using a poll) for the first place winner
  5. The first place winner will be announced on this site and on social media
  6. Winners will first be contacted and asked to confirm their emails, if not, the next person in line will take their places
  7. Winners will be contacted to receive their prize, in shaa Allah 
1. A $30 Amazon Gift Card
2. A certificate of achievement (pdf)
Both the winner and the second-place winner will have their stories published on Global Muslim Writers.
The second-place winner will also receive a certificate of achievement.

Topics acceptable for submission:

  • Any non-fiction stories
  • Fiction stories with a twist of reality for inspirations, lessons, and encouragement
  • Social justice stories
  • Stories about life in your country
  • Stories about people from your ethnicity (highly encouraged)
  • Stories about your language
  • Stories on various people around the world
  • Inspirational stories
  • Ramadhan stories
  • Eid stories
  • Knowledge stories
  • How to… stories
  • Personal stories
  • Umrah/Hajj stories
  • Childhood stories
  • Qur’an stories
  • Hadith stories
  • Children’s book stories
  • Teens stories
  • Any beneficial stories

Number of words for each writing:
_Short stories should be 250-1500 words (Please keep it short as much as possible!)

Additional elements of writings:

  • All writings MUST be original! Please, NO copy and paste from elsewhere (we’ll check for plagiarism)
  • All writings must only be from contestants themselves
  • Must be proofread before submission (parents or guardians of younger ones can help in proofreading ONLY)
  • Each submission may have one or more clip-arts or illustrations, but it is not a requirement
  • If writing comes with clip-arts or illustrations, they must also be original or taken from a royalty-free source with no additional requirements attached

After the competition:
_Previously published stories on this site will not be accepted for later competitions
_Previously submitted stories (not previously published on the site) will be acceptable for later submissions

If you submit your writing and do not win, do NOT worry, you can always resubmit it on the next contest (unless it was published on GMW). We also encourage you to submit guest posts to showcase your writing and support our cause. If you have further questions, please feel free to contact us by using the contact form below.

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