What inherent traits must I possess to be able to submit a story to Arabian Stories?
- Be of Arabic origin, as in born and raised in the Arab world, although not necessarily still living in it, and have Arabic as a mother tongue.
- Be in possession of a vivid imagination.
- Be somewhere between the age of achieving reason and the age of losing it again. (No worries, we will be lax in applying this last criterion if the candidate knows how to convincingly compensate for this attribute that has perhaps slightly gone awry with the substitution of the second characteristic.)
What commandments must submitted stories adhere to in order to be accepted by the team and published on the website?
- The stories shall be no shorter than 300 words and no longer than 500 words.
- The stories shall be written in Modern Standard Arabic (authors may add some colloquial expressions embedded in the overall Modern Standard Arabic text).
- The stories shall be related to a specific location found in the Arabic world and identifiable on a map.
- The stories shall be unpublished.
- The stories shall be submitted together with the geographic coordinates of the location referenced in the story and a few clear pictures of the place, capturing the way it looks today or the way it looked in the past, regardless of its current appearance. The author may also include a short author bio in a separate document, which will be published alongside the story.
- The stories shall number one, and only one, per author.
What does “related to a specific location” mean?
- Something happened there (to you, to someone/something you know or have heard about, or related to something you presume is still about to happen).
- Something was supposed to happen there but didn’t.
- Something wasn’t supposed to happen there but did.
- You made up a great deal of what actually happened or didn’t happen there.
- Nothing has happened or happens there, but you still find the location relevant for other reasons or precisely because of that fact.
You can come up with a different solution, just send us a story!
Do the pictures have to be many and merry?
Do the stories have to be kid-friendly?
Will the Arabian Stories team translate and publish all the submitted stories in English and Spanish? And if not, what does the selection process for a story entail prior to its successful publication on the site?
Is Arabian Stories financed or sponsored by any government agency?
Do I need to sign my story and share details about myself?
Do you have more questions? Feel free to ask here.