The Muslim Writers Awards?

Muslim Writers AwardsHmm, here is a new one. In the UK, there are some writing awards called the Muslim Writers Awards. The downlow: Muslim Writers Awards was founded in 2006 to harness creative talent and nurture aspiring writers within the Muslim community. Since its inception it has grown to become a landmark calendar event in the Muslim writers’ calendar, and attracts support from a broad range of organisations in the UK.

Interesting. Care to hear to who was nominated last year? These guys and gals:

  • Published Novel
    Roopa Farooki – Half Life (Macmillan, PanMacmillan)
    Aamer Hussein – The Cloud Messenger (Telegram)
    Shahriar Mandanipour – Censoring an Iranian Love Story (Abacus, Little, Brown Book Group)
    Bahaa Taher – Sunset Oasis (Sceptre, Hodder and Stoughton)
    Farahad Zama – The Wedding Wallah (Abacus, Little, Brown Book Group)
  • Published Children’s Book
    Randa Abdel- Fattah – The Friendship Matchmaker (Omnibus Books, Scholastic)
    Na’ima B Robert – Far From Home (Frances Lincoln Children’s Books, Janetta Otter-Barry Books)
    Rukhsana Khan – Wanting Mor (Groundwood)
    Irfan Master – A Beautiful Lie (Bloomsbury)
    Anna Perera – Guantanamo Boy (Puffin)
  • Unpublished Novel
    Salma Bratt – Moroccan Tales of Love and Disaster
    Jessica Freeland – The Other Garden
    Ayshah Johnston – Scattered Pearls
    Ahmed Masoud – Gaza Days
    Yusuf Misdaq – Narayan
  • Unpublished Children’s Story
    Loay El Hady – Flutterby
    Muhammad Islam – Zayd and the Papyrus of Damascus
    Reba Khatun – The Case of the Disappearing Pets
    Wendy Meddour – A Hen in the Wardrobe
    Mehded Sinclair – When Wings Expand
  • Unpublished Short Story
    Shahnaz Ahsan – Mother
    Tam Hussain – Little Flecks of Silver
    Sahin Kathawala – Malison Orison
    Lori Zakariyya King – Series Two, Episode Fourteen
    Hanzla Arif MacDonald – Sketches of Early Adult Life
    Daniel Oliver – Strange Marriage
  • Unpublished Poetry
    Safina Akram – Alas How I Miss My Sleep, and others
    Saleha Begum – Shadows in Harlequin Masks
    Thomas Evans – Beard is Beautiful, and others
    Lori Zakariyya King – Kitchen Set Libel, and others
    Shamim Razaq – To Keats, and others
  • Stage and Screen Play
    Malik Basso – Somewhere Near You
    Conor Ibrahiem – Yours Faithfully
    Qaisra Shahraz – The Holy Woman
    Faisal Qureshi – The Footsoldier
  • Young Journalist (16-25)
    Saman Anwar – Meddling in Marrakech, and others
    Siraj Datoo – Ethnic Profiling, and others
    Nabila Idris – A Story from Bangladesh: Licensed to Steal!
    Tasnim Nazeer – Amnesty International Report 2010, and others
    Iman Qureshi – Why Are All Pakistani Men being Smeared in the Sex-Grooming Cases?, and others

Never heard of any of them.