Poetry Competition

PACC’s Poetry Competition

Words From the Heart – كلمات من القلب

Calling all English & Arabic writers: this is your opportunity to shine and showcase your writing talent.

PACC will announce a theme for the competition and participants are asked to present a piece based on that specific theme.

This season’s theme is “New Beginning & Hope” – Why do we need hope? Where does hope come from? How is hope an inspirational feeling? How do we find hope in times of struggle? Can we start over? What would a ‘new beginning’ look like?What does it mean to start again? Do you calculate the fear, the excitement and the risk of change? Is change an essential part of a new beginning?

Submission date will start on February 3, 2018

Submission deadline: March 16, 2018

The competition will be broken down by age groups:
11 years old and under
12 – 15 years old
16 – 18 years old
19 + years old

There will be a panel of judges selected by PACC to choose the first place. Prizes will be handed out at various PACC events. First place winners get published in PACC’s literary magazine! Competition is open to people of all backgrounds and ages.


  • Poems MUST be between 10 to 40 lines, poems over 40 lines will automatically be disqualified
  • Poems can be written in English or Arabic
  • Poets are encouraged to follow any writing style they prefer
  • Limit one submission per person


Happy writing!

To see the Judging Rubric, click here.

To submit a poem, click here. 

Comments are closed.