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Ink Writing Competition

INK: Middlesex University Short Story and Poetry Competition

Entry Instructions

New Entry Dates: For Current Middlesex University Dubai students

  • The deadline for submission of entries is 22nd October 2016,
  •  No entries will be accepted after the deadline

How to Enter

Applicants are asked to submit their entries by email (see below) with the accompanying Entry Form as early as possible before the deadline. Entries by post will not be accepted.


  1. Terms and Conditions

    Read the attached Terms and Conditions of entry to ensure that you are eligible to apply for the competition. Submission of an entry is taken as acceptance of all of the terms and Conditions.

  2. Type and Format of Entry: Short Stories
  • One entry per author
  • Written in English
  • maximum of 2000 words
  • Typed
  • Font: Times New Roman Size 12, Black on white background
  • Double spaced
  • Pages should be numbered at the bottom on the right
  • Include a front page which shows the title of the story and the word count ONLY. The author’s name should not be included in the document.
  • No illustrations


Type and Format of Entry: Poetry

  • One entry per author
  • Written in English
  • No minimum or maximum number of words
  • Typed
  • Include a front page which shows the title of the poem ONLY. The author’s name should not be included in the document.
  • No illustrations

Please note that you may submit both a short story and a poem.

  1. Save as a Microsoft word document (.doc or .docx) with the author name and short story/poem title in the file name.


  2. Entry Form


    Download and Fill in the entry formPrint it, sign it, scan it and email it along with your entry. Entries cannot be accepted without the entry form.

    Send your story or poem, with the completed entry form to with the author’s name and short story/poem title in the subject line of the email.


INK: Middlesex University Short Story and Poetry Competition

Entry Terms and Conditions


  1. From the entries submitted, the internal judges will draw up a shortlist of 6 short stories and 6 poems in each age category. These twenty four entries will be sent to the external judges who will choose one overall short story winner and one overall poetry winner in each age category. 
  2. There will also be prizes for two runners up in each category.
  3. All winning entries may also be published in book format after the award ceremony in November 2016.
  4. Exact details of prizes will soon be published on our website.




  1. The competition is open to authors enrolled on University courses anywhere in the UAE, current extended deadline valid for all students of Middlesex University Dubai.
  2. Authors must have a valid visa from one of the Emirates at the time of entry.
  3. Authors may enter in one of two age categories: Under 21 years of ageorOver 21 years of age.
  4. Entries are restricted tooneshort story and/oronepoem per author.  
  5. Authors are permitted to submit both a poem and a short story. 
  6. Short stories must not exceed 2000 words. There is no word limit for poems.
  7. Short stories and poems may concern any theme or topic but entries of an offensive nature will not be accepted.
  8. Entries must be unpublished and may be submitted by unpublished authors only.
  9. Previous winners of the INK competition are permitted to submit new entries.
  10. Entries submitted previously to the INK competition will not be accepted.
  11. Entrants must ensure that their entry is original; entirely the author’s own work, does not infringe any existing copyright, moral or any other rights of any third party, contains nothing obscene, libellous, unlawful or defamatory and should be suitable for publication in any media deemed appropriate by Middlesex University.
  12. Entries must be submitted in the author’s own name.
  13. Entries are limited to stories and poems written in English.

    Entries should be for an adult audience; writing for children will be deemed ineligible.



  1. The Ink internal judges will select a short list of six short stories and six poems in each age category. The selected entries will be judged by a panel of external judges who will choose one overall short story winner and one overall poetry winner in each age category, and two runners up in each category. Middlesex University reserves the right to increase or decrease the number of short listed entries at their sole discretion.
  2. All shortlisted entries will be contacted by email. The winners will be announced at the award ceremony in October 2016.
  3. Shortlisted authors will be required to provide a scanned copy of their Student Identification card.
  4. The judges’ decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  5. The judging will be fair and independent. The external judges will be selected by Middlesex University and will include members of the literary community in Dubai and the UK.





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