Islamic Writer Alliance Poetry Contest 2010

February 19, 2010

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

The Islamic Writers Alliance is sponsoring its Annual Poetry Contest for  2010 in April to coincide with National Poetry Month in the US. The theme of this year’s contest is ibadah, or worship. Submissions will be accepted from April 1st through April 30th 2010. For complete information about the Poetry contest and its guidelines, go to http://www.IslamicWritersAlliance.net and scroll down to the middle of the page.

Ya Haqq!

Note: The poetry is usually quite good, and inshallah  I will enter this year also :)


Islamic Writers Alliance Poetry and Short Story Contests

March 18, 2009

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Announcing the Islamic Writers Alliance 5th Annual Poetry Contest and…
The Islamic Writers Alliance Short Story Contest!

Both contests run from April 1, 2009 to midnight April 30, 2009 Pacific time.

Both Contests have CASH prizes, and you do not have to be a member of the IWA to participate.

The theme for both contests is open so whether you are young or old, a poet or a writer or a combination of both, there is an opportunity this year to write what you believe and show the world you believe in what you write.

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.” ~William Wordsworth

Click HERE for Submission Guidelines:

Ya Haqq!


New Book Review of Master of the Jinn

June 3, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! I have returned from my beloved daughter’s wedding, and now she, the new bride, and her new (and really wonderful) husband are on their honeymoon :) May Allah bless them with all good in this life and the next. Ameen.

And what a delight to return and find a new review of the Sufi novel, Master of the Jinn, on Sister Marahm’s blog :) Read it by clicking HERE.

And… Sister Widad of the Islamic Writers Alliance has chosen Master of the Jinn as the topic of discussion in her book club at the Islamic Fiction Books Yahoo group.  You can join in the discussion by joining her Yahoo group at this link. IslamicFictionBooks@yahoogroups.com

Ya Haqq!

PS: More on the wedding soon :)


The Islamic Writers Alliance

May 1, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Alhamdulillah! I have been named the Marketing Director of The Islamic Writers Alliance, whose website you can view by clicking HERE. And I urge all Muslims in the literary arts to join this worthy organization.

From the IWA website:
The Islamic Writers Alliance is a national professional organization with an international membership for Muslims involved in the literary arts — published and aspiring authors, novelists, poets, essayists, publishers, editors, illustrators, journalists, spoken word artists, and playwrights. We support one another in our goals as writers, whether it be honing our craft, seeking publication opportunities, or promoting our published works to both the Muslim and non-Muslim world. We are dedicated to writing about, presenting, and supporting positive Islamic fiction and non-fiction reading materials, in all genres, for all ages.
The IWA is an inclusive organization and welcomes Muslim men and women of all races, ethnicities, linguistic backgrounds, abilities, and creeds.

This is true. All members of the IWA – whether they write books, plays, poems, newspaper articles, blogs, or are graphic designers of the written word – have one thing in common. Each is dedicated to portraying Islam is the best possible light in both fiction and non-fiction, and to advancing the cause of quality Islamic Children’s Books, and Islamic Fiction and Non-Fiction for teens and adults.

Many of the Muslimah in the group write Islamic Children’s Books, which are sorely lacking in schools and libraries, especially in masjid libraries. They are also excellent to use for Muslim home-schoolers.

The dues for joining as a full member are only a nominal $25.00 per year. If you cannot afford it, or live in a country where it is difficult for you to pay in US dollars, there is a fund set aside to provide your membership fee. And you get your own webpage and bio, plus a sales link to your book on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc., or to your website or blog if you wish. And it’s a great way to network for writers :)

You also will receive the quarterly magazine Islamic Ink, to which all members are encouraged to contribute stories, poems, and articles.

Once again, click HERE to visit the Islamic Writers Alliance website, and check out the catalog of books by its members, including many excellent children’s books.

Join me in supporting this worthy and growing organization by becoming a member today.

Ya Haqq!


Poetry Contest at the Islamic Writers Alliance

April 17, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

April is National Poetry Month is the United States, and the Islamic Writers Alliance is holding its 4th annual poetry contest. The deadline is May 15th, so please click HERE for more details. The theme this year is Iman (faith), and there are categories for all ages.

In your light I learn how to love.
In your beauty, how to make poems.
You dance inside my chest,
where no one sees you,
but sometimes I do,
and that sight becomes this art.

- Rumi

Ya Haqq!


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