Unleash Your Imagination: A Short Story Competition for IIUM Writers

By Sarah Norazman

GOMBAK, 24 August 2023: The event ‘Chronicling Muslim Lives: A Creative Writing Competition’ is set to take place from 15 August to 3 December 2023 for aspiring student writers to display their literary skills and earn recognition in the creative writing competition.

The creative writing competition is co-organised by The Institute of Muslim Unity (IIMU) and IIUM’s Secretariat of English Language and Literature (ELITS), represented by The BENL Chronicle.

The competition is open to all IIUM students (both undergraduates and postgraduates). The first place winner will receive a cash prize of RM200, while up to seven participants will receive prizes ranging from RM50 to RM100.

Additionally, selected stories will be published in a book, while many of the stories will be published online on The BENL Chronicle platform. The winners and published writers will be honoured at a special award ceremony, where their talents will be celebrated among fellow writers and students.

To participate, students must write an original short story that revolves around the lives of Muslims and their social issues, covering any of the following themes:

  • Society and family 
  • Health and environment 
  • Economy 
  • Education and creativity 
  • Values and morality

Each participant is allowed to submit a maximum of two short stories and all submissions must be written in English. The word count for each story should fall within the range of 1000 to 5000 words.

Further inquiries can be sent to competitiontbc@gmail.com, Sarah Sofea (+601996141617), or Izzah Husna (+601112612821).

This competition invites all budding storytellers to participate so as to encourage the growth of literary talents within the IIUM. ***