Unsold Stories Competition


Unsold Stories*
Rowayat and the Forgotten Writers
Short Story Competition
Open to all ages

In a world where principles have been replaced by meaningless trends, where art is being created to sell and not to reflect passion or value, a true artist struggles everyday with absurdity and materialism.

Write a short story ranging from 1500 to 5000 words highlighting this theme. Go in any direction you like with the theme from science fiction to romance to magical realism to a genre not yet described or discovered.

“Don’t bend, water it down, or make it logical, don’t edit your soul for fashion, follow intense obsessions mercilessly” – Franz Kafka.

Submission Guidelines:
– There is no submission fee for entering the competition.
– File: Word document.
– Formatting:

Font: Times New Roman, Size 12, Margins Justified and Pages Numbered. The title of the story must be centered in the middle of the page, in bold, size 12.
– Do not mention your name inside the word document for judging purposes.
– When uploading a file, participants must be sure to have it saved by: Name, Title, Country.
– Participants may submit a maximum of two stories.
– Participants are allowed to use illustrations as figures, pictures and drawings if they own the rights to publish them.
– Participants are allowed to include their own poetry within the story as long as it is relevant.
– Send the stories to the following e-mail address: unsoldstories.competition@gmail.com

The WINNING STORY will be published in the third Issue of Rowayat, published on Jan 25th 2015.
The winner will also receive EGP 2500 prize money and 4 runner ups will be published on the Rowayat website.

*Rowayat and The Forgotten Writers might look into publishing an anthology of short stories depending on the quality of the submissions received.

About the Organizers

Rowayat, is the first English language literary journal in Egypt. Its vision is to create a space where high quality literary work can be read and accessible. A space for both emerging and established writers, who dream and write in English. As we are highlighting the “Hybrid” writer, who has chosen a second language for creativity, this journal includes Egyptians around the world as well as foreign residents. Through fiction and art, Rowayat aims to cross boundaries, bring us closer, unite the past, present and future writers emerging and resurrecting from Egypt.

The Forgotten Writers
The Forgotten Writers Project is an Egyptian initiative founded by writer Mahmoud Mansi in 2011. It discusses global, social and humane causes through art. It fulfills this task by conducting international creative writing competitions on contemporary themes. The choice of themes is always to try and find non-traditional themes that are challenging for writers, and interesting readers.

The initiative works on barter basis, and does not accept funding. The initiative simply promotes the writers who are interested in the theme, writers who have a strong message to achieve, and who seek to add new ideas and knowledge to our world.

“Unsold Stories” is the Eighth international competition launched by The Forgotten Writers.

* The theme of the competition was developed by Mahmoud Mansi.

First Panel Judges

Gintare Laurinaviciute is a Lithuanian writer, born in Klaipėda. In 2011 she won the third place in the international writing competition: “Sea of words” with her short story Playing democracy: a Girl from the republic of the Room. She finished a program for talented publicist “Young Journalist”, following with another literary award “Resurrection of Ancient Egypt 2012” in Egypt for her story Anna and the Pharaoh.

For the past few years Gintare has been working with translation and public relations as well as studying at the International Relations and Political Science institute.

Keith Borg is a Maltese writer who graduated from the Communications Faculty of the University of Malta. He has been writing for the past six years and took part in various literature nights, including the XV edition of the BJCEM in Rome (2011) and the World Event Young Artists in Nottingham (2012). He participated in a translation workshop held in Dane, Slovenia. He studied drama with Lemonhead Productions and sees theatre as the physical manifestation of the soul. Keith is also a poet with his work published in the literary journal L. He took part in the anthology Skariġġi (2012). In 2013 he was announced to be one of the winners of the “Women’s Domination” writing competition for his short story She.

Keith is an active member of Inizjamed, an NGO dedicated to literature and the arts which organizes the annual Malta Mediterranean Literature Festival. He is currently reading a Masters in Literary Tradition and Popular Culture.

Mahmoud Mansi is an Alexandrian writer with a BA in Finance and an MA in Marketing. He is the founder of The Forgotten Writers Foundation that works on releasing international writing competitions. He attended several conferences and won a few awards from the British Council, as well as a couple of literary awards in Spain and UK. He is a creative writing instructor. He also writes poetry, plays, articles, book reviews, novels and short stories in the fields of feminism, spirituality, philosophy, politics and economics. He is also a photographer and a painter. Mahmoud has been working as an HR specialist for almost five years at the Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport.

Mahmoud Mansi believes that art is related to everything in our lives and it is a perfect way for exploring the self and the universe. Since 2011, he has been working on creating and managing several writing competitions, and this project is honorably his eighth.

Elizabeth Mastrangelo has been teaching English to ninth and eleventh graders at an all-boys college preparatory school for 14 years. After earning an MEd in 2000 and an MA in English in 2012, she decided to return to graduate school yet again to pursue study in the field she feels most passionate about: fiction writing. She has just completed her second year in Emerson College’s MFA program in Creative Writing as a Dean’s Fellow. Liz also works as a freelancer, ghostwriting romance novellas and website copy. She lives north of Boston with her husband, daughter, and son, who support her dreams and provide her with funny and dramatic material for her stories. Liz’s fiction and poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Sheepshead Review, Black Heart Magazine, Burningword Literary Journal, Extract(s): Daily Dose of Lit, and Crack the Spine. She blogs about teaching, womanhood, and motherhood at her site, www.spurredgirl.com.

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