Islamic Writers Alliance Announces Winners of 2005 Poetry Contest

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The Islamic Writers Alliance annouced the winners of their 2005 Poetry Contest. Adult Grand Prize Winner was Corey Habbas for her poem _Olives under Stones_ and the Youth Grand Prize Winner was Khuloud Faraj for her poem _The Boy Warrior_.

The Islamic Writers Alliance announced today the winners of its 2005 Poetry Contest. The adult category was won by Corey Habbas for her poem _Olives Under Stones_. Runners up in the adult category were:

2nd place: _The City of NAFS_ by Nicole Najmah Abraham

3rd place: _Consider Love_ by Maryam Razvi Padela

4th place: _To You on our Eighth_ by Saaleha Bhamjee

5th place: _Relics_ by Maryam Razvi Padela

6th place: _Statical Moment_ by Emily Correa.

In the youth category, Khuloud Faraj won the Grand Prize with her poem _The Boy Warrior_. Runners up were:

*If Spring Will Be There Tomorrow by Khuloud Faraj

*The Prophets by Sumaiya Ahsan

*Allah by Sumaiya Ahsan

Islamic Writers Alliance Publications Officer, and member of the judges panel, Pamela Taylor said, "We received a lot of wonderful poems, and it wasn't easy to choose the winners. The winner really deserve a round of applause for their excellent poems."

Adult Grand Prize Winner, Corey Habbas said she never expected to win. “I am very humbled by this award. I couldn't believe it when I read the e-mail. I am still in shock!” Habbas went on to say, “I am very grateful for this opportunity. Thank you, IWA and the judges who selected the poem and all members of this group for being an inspiration and support that has helped me in building a direction as a writer.”

Youth Grand Prize Winner Khuloud Faraj also was surprised that she won. “I was totally not expecting to win anything! WOW!! It’s still trying to sink in--a grand prize winner and a runner up!!! MashaAllah. And I was sure I wasn't going to win! I think this is the best Eid gift I've gotten!” [Ed. Note: Eid is the Muslim holiday at the end of Ramadan.]

Taylor also extended thank yous to the other judges who volunteered their time for the contest: Dasham Brookins of MuslimPoet.com, Islam Rosser-Owen of Qalam, and Eman Tai of Calligraphy of Thought.

The winning poems have been posted on the Islamic Writers Alliance website, at http://www.islamicwritersalliance.net/projects/olives.htm and http://www.islamicwritersalliance.net/projects/warrior.htm respectively.

The winners will receive a small honorarium and a copy of the recently released Islamic Writers Alliance anthology, _Many Voices, One Faith_.

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