IWA 7th Annual Islamic Poetry Contest!

April 1, 2011

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:

Announcing the Islamic Writers Alliance 7th Annual Islamic Poetry Contest.
April 1st – 30th, 2011.

Submissions may be sent beginning today, April 1, 2011, and will be accepted until 11:59 on April 30, 2011 EST.

The theme for this year is open and contest guidelines can be viewed below:

• Poetry must be Islamic in theme and in nature
• Poetry must be from at least 2 lines long, but no more than 100 lines
• Entries may be of any ‘type’ of poetry, including but not limited to ballad, couplet, iambic pentameter, quatrain, cinquain, sonnet, haiku, epic, free verse, and even light verse, limerick and spoken word.

The Poetry contest has 3 categories of submission:
1. IWA Members –
2. Adults – authors 18 and over who are not members of IWA
3. Youth – authors under the age of 18 who are not members of IWA

• Maximum of 1 (one) submission per individual.
• Entries that have won previously cannot be resubmitted.
• Poems will only be accepted as plain text (ASCII) format in the body of email , as an attachment in Microsoft Word, or as a pdf.
• Poems must be submitted via email.
• Poems must be submitted to


• Poems must include authors name, category, email address, mailing address, phone number, and title of poem.
• Poems that are submitted by youth under the age of 18 must also include a statement from a parent or legal guardian authorizing the IWA’s public use of poem on the website or for a possible anthology in the future.
• Teachers may submit ‘class’ poetry only as individual submissions from one school with parental permission.
• Poems are the legal property of the author.
• IWA retains the right to disqualify and reject submissions deemed inappropriate.

This is a great venue in which to hone poetic skills, so please pass this notice along to any poets you know, young or old, and help spread the word on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, or other social networks :)

Ya Haqq!


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!

Merton Poetry of the Sacred Prize 2009

November 22, 2008

Salaam and Greetings of Peace:


The 2009 Merton Prize for Poetry of the Sacred is accepting poems through December 31st.  Information and submission guidelines are on the Merton Institute website HERE.


I know many of you are wonderful spiritual poets, so go to the site and enter. The judge this year will be acclaimed poet Wendell Berry.


No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.
More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that you have belonged to.
You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.
And so you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.
Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.
Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

–Wendell Berry, (from A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997)

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!