Arabic Honor Society Launches its Annual Arabic Short Story Contest 

Incorporate creative expression and the Arabic language in this year’s Arabic Short Story Contest! 

QFI’s Arabic Honor Society (AHS) is launching its fifth annual Arabic Short Story Contest on September 19, 2022. All AHS members and Arabic language students in the UK above year 9 are invited to participate. 

QFI established the AHS program as part of its commitment to advancing Arabic language learning around the world. AHS enhances the experience of students studying Arabic, celebrates their achievements, fosters student engagement in Arabic study, and supports students who aim to continue their language learning at the university level. 

One of the many opportunities AHS extends to students is its annual Arabic Short Story Contest. This contest draws submissions from students across several countries with a range of exposure to Arabic, including beginner level and heritage speakers. Some educators have even incorporated the annual contest into their curriculum, fostering creative expression in the classroom. Because the contest draws engagement from such a diverse range of backgrounds and language-learning experiences, judges select four winners each year – two native Arabic speakers, and two non-native Arabic speakers. 

This year’s topics include spooky stories, mystery, and autumnal themes. For more information about the contest, read on for guidelines, eligibility, submission details and more! QFI is excited to celebrate the linguistic and creative achievements of Arabic language students through this year’s contest.  

Arabic Short Story Contest Guidelines 

Deadline: October 17, 2022  

Call for Submissions: 

The Arabic Honor Society (AHS) is pleased to announce our annual Arabic Short Story Contest! Students will author a short story in Arabic, in response to one of the prompts listed below. The prompts are intentionally open-ended to give students creative freedom. Winners will be selected from two categories: heritage/native learner* or world language learner. AHS members and Arabic students from the UK are invited to participate.  

Contest Information  

Students must write an Arabic short story (200-250 words) and follow one of the prompts below: 

  • Spooky story: To celebrate Halloween, we want to hear your most creative scary stories. 
  • Mystery story: Account of a fictional detective or ordinary person on a quest to find answers and solve a mystery. 
  • Other autumn-themed story of your choice: A creative piece exploring themes relevant to the season such as returning back to school, the changing weather, celebrations, etc. 

 Story Guidelines 

Failure to adhere to any of these guidelines is grounds for disqualification from the contest: 

  • Submissions must be in Arabic, but can be typed or handwritten. Handwritten submissions are only acceptable if legible. 
  • Submissions must be 200-250 words. Any submissions outside this range will not be considered. 
  • Student must provide a word count, especially for handwritten submissions.  
  • Submissions must be the work of one individual student, though students may ask for assistance from their teachers. 
  • All work must be original. Copying and plagiarizing is strictly prohibited. 

 Eligibility 

Student must meet one of the below requirements to participate: 

  • Current Arabic language student in the UK, year 9 or higher  
  • Active AHS members  

Judging Criteria and Prizes 

Short stories will be evaluated based primarily on their clarity, and creativity, but take into consideration proper grammar, vocabulary, and spelling. Four winners will be selected, two from each category: heritage/native learner and world language learner. Winners will receive a gift card and their submissions will be shared online on QFI platforms or in an AHS newsletter.  

  • 1st Place – $100 gift card (or equivalent based on student’s location) 
  • 2nd Place – $50 gift card (or equivalent based on student’s location) 

 How to Enter 

  1. Submit your short story as a word document using this link.  
  2. The deadline for submissions is October 17, 2022. Winners will be notified by email. 

*A heritage speaker is defined as someone who has grown up with Arabic being spoken in the home by parents and/or guardians. 

Please contact arabichonorsociety@qfi.org for any inquiries.  

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