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Taaleem Award

About the Competition

The Taaleem Award is a poetry-writing competition for school and university students, held annually by the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.

The inspiration for 2020 is Tomorrow.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Taaleem Award!

Click here to view the winners

How to Enter

  • Write your poem – use your imagination and creativity to the full, but do remember that your inspiration is Tomorrow.
  • You may choose your own title in keeping with Tomorrow.
  • Entries can be in Arabic or in English.
  • The poem should not exceed 32 lines.
  • Complete all sections of the online entry, attaching your poem as a word document.
  • You should submit under the appropriate age category, which relates to your age on 17 October 2019 :
    • Ages 11 and under
    • Ages 12-14
    • Ages 15-17
    • Age 18-25 (full-time students in schools, colleges and universities)
  • The deadline to submit your poem is 17 October 2019

You can find some tips on writing a good poem here.

The Prize

Winners will be honoured at a prize-giving event at the 2020 Festival, and all the winning entries will appear in a published book. Each winner will receive:

  • A plaque
  • Five copies of the book
  • The opportunity to attend a Festival session

Terms and Conditions

  • Entrants must be in full-time education and resident in the UAE.
  • Copyright of material submitted remains with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature.
  • Do not submit work as your own when part of or all of it has been done by someone else; this includes material found online. It must be entirely your own work, and any poems found to contain non-original content will be excluded.
  • The winning entrants agree to the Emirates Literature Foundation’s, Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s and Taaleem’s use of their name and photograph in relation to related publicity material and activities. Schools and students should be aware that they might need to obtain parental consent for this.
  • Poems should be submitted in Times New Roman font, size 12 point, 1.5 line spacing.
  • Poems should be unpublished and not previously submitted to any competition.
  • Poems should be no longer than the line limit (entries exceeding 32 lines are disqualified).
  • Entries must be received on or before the closing date of 17 October 2019.
  • Judges’ decisions are final and no correspondence will be entered into with regard to these decisions.
  • In accordance with normal conventions for international writing competitions, entries which do not adhere to the said terms and conditions will not be considered.

Please check that you have followed all the terms and conditions before submitting your poem.

All participants will receive a certificate of participation upon submitting their poems, and they are welcome to join us at the prize-giving ceremony at the Festival.

Only the winners will be notified in advance by email or telephone, by mid November 2019.

The Award Ceremony will take place during the Festival, on 8 Feb 2020.

The competition has now closed.


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