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Welcome to ArtLit Competition and Exhibition page. Please note that we will not be holding the competition in 2013.

Congratulations to 2012 ArtLit Winners. Find out who they are here:

Long gone are the days that teens would pick up a book and become utterly lost in the London slums and alleys of Dickens or caught up in the schemes and adventures of Twain's Huckleberry Finn on the Mississippi River. Today these playgrounds of the mind have been replaced by video games, texting and the social networks of the internet. Our purpose of organizing this competition is to inculcate love for art and literature. The award ceremony brings together people of different backgrounds to promote arts, understanding and cross-cultural dialogue.

2012 Prizes:
First prize: $1500 scholarship
Second prize: $1000 scholarship
Third prize: $500 scholarship

2012 Competition:
For 2012 competition you are required to write an essay on one of the below four selected novels. Please note that you are required to answer specific questions about the novel in your essay. We will announce the questions in next couple of days. If you signed-up in the past to receive email notifications you will receive an email from us. For the time being you should order your novels. We recommend that you read multiple novels and then select one for your essay. Be sure to checkout the 2011 winners and the award ceremony book reading by the novelists(link on the upper left side)

Competition summary:
You will be required to write a 6 page(a title page and a 5 page essay) double spaced essay on one of four selected books and submit the essay as a word attachment. Your essay must have a title page containing your name, telephone number, email address and the school you are attending. The essay must be your original work. The first 3 winners will receive the main prizes.
The award ceremony is a great opportunity to interact with the novelists and ask them questions.

2012 Submission deadline:
July 15, 2012

Who can participate?
The competition is open to all teenagers.

2012 selected novels:
Geek Fantasy Novel by E. Archer
Maus I: A Survivor's Tale: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
How To Say Goodbye In Robot by Natalie Standiford
Alive and Well in Prague, New York by Daphne Grab

What will you write about?
Please note that you are required to answer specific questions about the novel you selected for your essay. Click here for the questions.

You will submit your essay through Submit Essay link on top left. If for whatever reason you are unable to submit through this link please contact us at 1-877-4-Rawiya.

How will the winners be selected?
First phase: A literary committee comprised of graduate students of English Literature(including graduate students from Harvard University) will review the initial submissions and select the best 10 essays for the authors.

Author review: The authors will review the selected essays and assign point values (max 10). Averages will be calculated on this feedback and winners will be determined.

Participation fees:
There is no fee to submit the essay in order to qualify for the prizes. Due to space limitations pre-registration is required to attend the award ceremony. This allows us to accurately assess the total number of participants and to prepare accordingly.

2012 Award Ceremony: August 25, 2012

Venue: Hilton DoubleTree Hotel, Princeton, NJ. Click here for more information about the venue.

2012 award ceremony will feature book reading and panel discussions by the novelists, poetry reading and short addresses. During the award ceremony an art exhibition is organized to showcase the talents of local artists. If you would like to display your artwork at the award ceremony exhibition please click here to send us an email.  

2012 Award Ceremony special guests:
Eliot Schrefer(Novelist)
Daphne Grab(Novelist)
Natalie Standiford(Novelist)
Dr. Sam Hamod(Pulitzer Prize nominated poet)
Dr. Hussein Rashid (Hofstra University)
Prof. Daniel Banks(New York University)

Richard Savinon(Poet)
Sara Green(Artist)




“Through life’s rush
never forget compassion”

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