The Ink Writing Competition Awards ceremony was held on October 21st welcoming 12 finalists and their families, along with guests from Emirates Airline Festival of Literature to Middlesex University. The finalists received prizes from Rivoli Group, Internships at Gulf News, a Rolls Royce Phantom for a day and Friendship memberships for Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. The prize winners are detailed below:
Short Stories under 21:
1. The Onlooker: Aishma Raghu – Gulf News Internship
2. Halfway between fortunately and unfortunately: Shusmita Pathak – Friendship Membership
3. Turning dreams into reality: Mehek Srivastava - Friendship Membership
Short stories over 21:
1. Hey brother: Joanne Bui – Rivoli
2. The Dream: Poojitha Pillamari - Friendship Membership
3. The next best thing: Abhishek Hastak - Friendship Membership
Poetry under 21:
1. A Rainy day in Karachi: Letitia Jiju – Gulf News Internship (and see below)
2. One last joust: Aishma Raghu - Friendship Membership
3. Obsequies: Habib Tabaja - Friendship Membership
Poetry Over 21:
1. Like Words: Grega Ulen –Rivoli
2. I pledge my allegiance: Claire Okatch - Friendship Membership
3. Hrothgar's Downfall: Yeshasvi Mahadev - Friendship Membership
A Rainy day in Karachi: Letitia Jiju – Rolls Royce for the Day – Vouchers for the Literature Festival
Choosing the Winners
Winners were shortlisted from 150+ entries. Middlesex Staff shortlisted entries down to 20 entries which were sent to our external judges (Alexander McNabb, Journalist and Novelist, UAE: Melanie Brown, Novelist, UK: Becky Kilsby, Poet, UK).
The overall winner was chosen by Middlesex Staff from the four 1st prize winners. The poem ‘A Rainy Day in Karachi’ was felt by the judges to stand out amongst the entries for its creation of an engaging and evocative narrative, suffused with intelligent use of vocabulary and style to elicit clear emotional responses in the reader.
Louise Edensor , IFP Lecturer (Media and Education) and Ink Founder at Middlesex University stated "This has been an immensely rewarding experience, and I am delighted to have the opportunity to foster writing talent from across the UAE. The standard of entries was very high and I look forward to launching the 2016 competition in February."