Penned Thoughts 2014


This inaugural Young Writers' competition is intended – among other things - to commemorate the young poet and writer, Ali Mehdi, who sadly passed away on the 21st of June 2008 at the young age of 29. 

Ali's passion was writing.  He strongly believed in the power of the pen to make a difference in the world.  As such, there could not be a more befitting way of cherishing Ali's dreams and enthusiasm than to support young souls with sky-high dreams and aspirations to be a published writer.

Sponsored by the proceedings from Ali's three published poetry collections:  Rapidly Blue (2002), Wonderous World (2005) and In the Dimmest of Light (2008), this competition invites creative writing entries from all aspiring young writers in the categories of Poetry, Short Story and Articles. 

The competition aims to promote and encourage gifted young writers, to celebrate their talent and allow them a valuable opportunity to present their literary work to a wider audience.