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Children’s Writing Challenge: Qatar Before You Were Born

For this writing challenge, children ages 9 to 12 can write a story of 300 to 500 words on the theme "Qatar in a time before you were born." It can be fact or fiction, but stories must be set in Qatar and should include some or all of these elements: imaginative ideas, memorable characters and an exciting plot. 

We will select three stories to be shared on the Library’s social media channels!

Enter your story by sending it to before 21 December 2020. Children with special needs may participate by including the phrase “special challenge” in the submission.

Challenge Terms:

  • We will accept the first 100 entries, and the priority is for the first 50 participants in each language who submit their work before the closing date.
  • The child must write his/her name, age and hobbies along with the submission.
  • The story can be fact or fiction, but it must be set in Qatar.
  • The word count is between 300 and 500 words.
  • The submitted story should be written in a Word document.
  • who submit their work before the closing date.
  • The competition is open to children ages 9 to 12.
  • The writing pieces should be sent to

Terms for the Special Challenge:

Children with special needs can participate in this challenge under the following terms:

  • There will be 30 total participants.
  • Write the child's name, age and school stage, and add the phrase "special challenge" to the child’s information so it will be evaluated separately.
  •  Participants can draw the story’s events without being restricted by a word count so that the drawing is inspired by the child's imagination and commensurate with the visual prompt.
  • The story must be drawn on unlined A4 paper and not exceed two pages.
  • Send a clear scan of the child's work to
  • Entries must be submitted before the closing date of the challenge.

Challenge Timeline:

  • Challenge starts on 10 December 2020. 
  • Submissions will be accepted starting on 15 December.
  • The deadline is 21 December.
  • Beginning 12 January, we will announce the top three writers on the Library's social media channels and feature their stories with their bios. For special needs challenge, the top 3 winners will be announced and their drawings will be also featured on social media.

The winners will be featured on Instagram @QNL_children.

Date: 10 – 21 December 2020

Language: Arabic and English 

Target Audience: Children ages 9 – 12

Event time

10.12.2020 07:30 AM
21.12.2020 08:30 PM

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Event location

Online via Instagram Live (QNL_children)


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