Six students won the top prizes in a short story competition in English organised as part of the Creative Writing Workshop hosted by Katara Cultural Village. Over 20 international and community schools in Qatar participated in the workshop and short story competition.

The six winners of the competition are: Olivia Chiam (Al Khor International School), Taz Elsawy (Stafford Sri Lankan School), Angelina Thomas (DPS-MIS Indian School), Gian Antonio (Philippine International School), Maliha Mujahid (The Next Generation School) and Gabriela Mirian John (Birla Public School).

In addition to the top six winners, ten participants also won consolation prizes: Dana Ashraf (BPS), Roxanne A Oliva (PISQ), Gabrielle Ilagan (AKIS), Srihari Anil (Ideal Indian School), Umme Kulsum and Sripurna Bachaspati (Olive International School), Tasnia Binte Mustafiz (DPS-MIS), Malak Ashraf Basyouni (Sudanese School), Taimiya Maisara (Royal International School) and Amna Al Muhannadi (Al Jazeera Academy). The winners will receive gift vouchers.

All entries in the short story competition will be published in a book titled ‘Imprints of Life’, which will be released soon. The book will be published by Katara Publishing House.

The participants of the Creative Writing Workshop and Competition were nominated by their respective schools, who selected the candidates through internal competitions.

According to Katara Cultural Village General Manager Dr Khalid Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, Katara Cultural Village brings communities and cultures together, contributing immensely to educating kids outside the classroom. He said that they always organise events and programmes to bring students together and encourage their talents in various fields.

The response to the workshop was overwhelming, says Khalid Al Sayed, Head of Competitions at Katara Cultural Village.

This was a unique programme and several students were introduced to the world of writing by reputed authors and professors. In an age of intense competition and opportunities, this will give them an edge over their competitors.

The four-day workshop was led by reputed authors and professors based in Qatar.

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