We are so thrilled to announce that our dear Shahd Thani as been announced as the winner of the Emirates Literature Foundation’s first Mentorship Programme.
Award-winning fiction writer Liz Fenwick will be giving Thani the benefit of her expertise and work closely with her to complete her manuscript and pitch it to publishers and literary agents. The other two finalists were Shaima Al Shamsi, one of our own writers as well and Roudha Al Shehhi.
Criteria for written pieces to be featured in the Untitled Chapter Book.
It’s almost that time of year when we start compiling written pieces for the Untitled Chapter. We have a limited amount of pages so to streamline the process for choosing the pieces, we are applying a point system to make judging easier and less subjective. Each written piece is initially read by 2-3 members of the Untitled Chapter Team and the following criteria should be applied.
If you didn’t know, the anniversary of Untitled Chapters is drawing near. Traditionally, the Untitled Chapters team would organize an event, bringing together our writers, poets, readers and beloved fans of the written word in all its forms. But we’ll talk more about that in another post.
The second most exciting thing that happens around this time is the distribution of the Untitled Chapters volume—a collection of submissions we received throughout the year.
Since we took a short hiatus last year, this year’s volume will include both 2014 – 2015 submissions.
While this will most likely give us a huge volume to run with, we have thought a lot during this year on how we can improve ourselves, and our writers, and keep growing as a haven for writers.
So, to mark our 4th anniversary, we decided to include a set criteria for the stories. What this means is that not all stories will be included in the printed volume.
The reason behind the criteria implementation is to 1) introduce a standard quality of what Untitled Chapters is looking for, 2) start raising awareness of the quality we’re looking for, and 3) challenge our writers and poets to polish their work, and make it their best one yet before they submit.
The set of criteria were put together after a lot of research, and adheres to an accepted criteria judges use in writing competitions.
You can read more about the criteria here.
A few of you might be disappointed by this news, because of the past exercise to include all submissions by all writers but believe us when we say that this is all part of your journey to becoming a better writer.
If your piece has been chosen to be apart of the UC Book for the 4th anniversary then expect an email from us shortly.
If you have any questions or enquiries, feel free to contact us on any of our social media platforms and we will be more than happy to answer.
Look forward to more news around the UC Anniversary—we’ll keep you posted!
Untitled Chapters Team
He was suffocating
No matter how much he tried to free his mind, his haunting thoughts would not leave him.
No matter how much he studied the intrigue designs on the heavy double doors that stood in front of him, his mind simply wouldn’t be at ease.
Not even his brother’s jokes were falling on deaf ears.
He was standing next to his brothers and yet he felt so far away from him.
No one can be able to understand.
His uncle might have, once upon a time, a long time ago.
But he had his father with him at that time.
He had no one, for his uncle was the only father he’d ever known.
And yet, he could not confine to him.
Because it is his uncle whom he should meet on the other side of the door.
An heir to the throne of this great kingdom, and yet he had never felt so small.
Author: Fatma Al Bannai