The results of the Times of Oman Literary Contest has been announced. The inaugural Times of Oman Literary Contest - a new literary initiative and first of its kind in the region - was launched by MPPH on September 1, 2013. The vision behind the contest was to encourage emerging creative writers and provide them a platform to express and benchmark themselves with the best. The submissions were open till January 9th, 2014.
The contest had separate categories for Short Stories, General Essays and Poetry. The category for poetry was open for two age groups, 10-15 years and 15 years & above.
A spokesperson for the contest said, "Due to the overwhelming response and also the fact that majority of the entries came during the last week of the contest, the results which were initially scheduled for announcement in February had to be rescheduled to May in order the give the judges ample time to evaluate the submissions."
The evaluation was carried out by an independent panel of eminent judges comprising Donald Sargent, a connoisseur of literature and also a senior Advisor cum Trainer in the Ministry of Education, Dr. Sonia Ambrosio de Nelson, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mass Communications in Sultan Qaboos University, Jane Jaffer, a British author and educationist promoting reading amongst the younger generation in Oman, Canadian author and columnist Dr. Patricia Groves and Michele Ni Thoghdha, Chief Supervisor, English, Ministry of Education, Oman.
The MPPH is also proud to have the privileged partnership of the corporate sponsors of the contest, namely M/s Jindal Shadeed, M/s Sohar Aluminium and M/s Zubair Corporation for sharing the vision involved in this latest offering.
Panel of judges
The decisions are final and based on evaluation by the independent panel of judges.
|Donald Sargent||Dr.Sonia Ambrosio de Nelson||Jane Jaffer||Dr. Patricia Groves||Michele Ni Thoghdha|
|Categories||Short Story||General Essay||Poems (15 years+)||Poems (10-15 years)|
|The Desert River|
|Echoes Of The Past||Save Our Souls ...|
Save Our Lives
Arun Anantha Pai
|Shreya Shreeraman||I Just Want You |
To Let Me Be…
Veylenta Audrey Desouza
|Of Heaven, Hell & Everything In Between|
|Mom's The Word|
|The Toy Seller|
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