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Costa Debate

Comedy or Tragedy – Which is best?

Congratulations to the 2020 Costa Debate winner Orla Derrane!

The Costa Debate returns for 2020, with a question that has baffled writers from the time of Aristotle, through to Shakespeare and the present day – which is best, comedy or tragedy?

Book-lovers of all ages across the UAE are invited to join in the great debate by telling us which they think is at the core of every great story.

With a chance to showcase their creative flair and win a holiday worth AED10,000, budding writers can submit a 300-word piece of prose championing tragedy or comedy as the genre that they most enjoy reading.

Open to both English and Arabic entries, the Costa Debate will offer one lucky winner the prize of a lifetime – a holiday worth AED10,000 and free coffee for an entire year. Four runners up will also be chosen to receive a month’s supply of free coffee.

The closing date for entries is 4 December 2019. The winners will be announced at the Costa Debate session on 6 February 2020 at the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature which will feature four Festival authors presenting their arguments about whether we should laugh or cry.

Who can enter?

  • This competition is open to anyone who is currently resident in the UAE and above 14 years of age
  • The submission can be in Arabic or English
  • To be submitted online

What is the prize?

The grand prize-winner will receive:

  • An AED10,000 dnata travel voucher valid for 1 year from the official claim date
  • A year’s supply of free coffee, restricted to one cup per day

Please note: Obtaining visas and necessary travel permissions, where required, will be the responsibility of the winner
The four runners-up will receive:

  • A month’s supply of free coffee, restricted to one cup per day

What are the rules?

Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter, you have agreed to the terms, conditions and rules pertaining to the competition

  • The entry must not be more than 300 words
  • The entry must present an argument for the debate topic
  • The entry can be in either Arabic or English
  • One grand prize winner will be chosen
  • No images can be included

The entries should not include any inappropriate content and should adhere to common standards of decency in the UAE i.e. submissions with explicit nudity and/ or violence would be disqualified immediately.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Emirates Literature Foundation and Emirates Leisure Retail
  • The competition opens 19 September 2019 and closes on 4 December 2019
  • Entries must be unpublished original work and not more than 300 words.
  • Entrants must be 14 years of age or above
  • Entries may be in Arabic or English
  • Copyright of submissions belong to the Festival/ Costa Coffee to use in any marketing/ promotional collateral
  • Must not contain anything that is distasteful or abusive
  • No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize
  • The prize will not be transferable to another person
  • The judges’ decision is final and they cannot engage with entrants for future editorial work or respond to email communications
  • By entering the competition, the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Costa and Emirates Airline Festival of Literature may require
  • The winner will be announced during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2020 and the winner must be available to attend the prize-giving event in Dubai
  • One grand prize winner will be selected and gifted the main prize, a voucher for dnata Travel to the value of AED 10,000 which can be redeemed with dnata Travel
  • There will be four runner-up, two Arabic and two in English, who will each receive a month’s supply of free coffee, restricted to one cup per day
  • It is the responsibility of the winner to ensure that the travelling parties have valid travel documents and visas as required
  • Prize valid for 1 year from issue date.

Submissions are now closed.


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