Yggdarsil Storytelling Competition 

Yggdarsil Storytelling Competition 

Unleashing the Power of Imagination: Yggdarsil's Quest for the Next Great Storyteller

The Yggdarsil Captivating Storytelling Competition is a writing contest designed to discover and promote the best storytellers, as well as provide an opportunity for school and university students to showcase their storytelling skills.

The competition will commence on May 22, 2023, during the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2023. Objective The Yggdarsil Storytelling Competition aims to celebrate the timeless art of storytelling and its profound impact on humanity since the dawn of time.

By identifying talented writers who create captivating stories with the potential to scale across various intellectual property opportunities, the competition seeks to honor the rich history of storytelling and its role in shaping culture, connecting people, and inspiring change. Through this contest, Yggdarsil encourages school and university students to carry forward the tradition of storytelling, fostering creativity and imagination while promoting the development of high-quality, engaging story.

Timeline and Key Milestones

  • May 22, 2023: Competition launch and opening of submission window.
  • June 30, 2023:Submission window closes
  • July 1, 2023 - July 31, 2023: Judging period
  • August 1, 2023: Announcement of winners/Award ceremony and distribution of prizes

Rules and Guidelines:

  • The competition is open to school and university students  primarily targeting students in the UAE and Middle East region.
  • Submissions must be original, unpublished works.
  • Participants must be the sole author of their submitted work.
  • Submissions must be in English or Arabic.
  • Word count limit: 2,500-7,500 words.
  • Participants may submit only one entry.
  • Submissions must adhere to the competition's theme: storytelling with potential for intellectual property opportunities.
  • Submissions must be submitted Yggdarsil platform with Hashtag (Yggdarsil_Competition).
  • Participants must agree to grant Yggdarsil the rights to publish and promote their submitted work (on Yggdarsil website and Social Media) for competition purposes.
  • Plagiarism is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification.


  • First place: iPad Mini
  • Second place: Amazon Kindle Oasis
  • Third place: Samsung Galaxy Watch

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Captivating storytelling: The story must be engaging, compelling, and have the potential to captivate a wide audience.
  • Intellectual property potential: The story should have the potential to be developed into various forms of media, such as books, TV series, movies, or games.
  • Originality: The story must demonstrate creativity and originality in both its concept and execution.
  • Character development: The story should contain well-developed, relatable characters with distinct voices and personalities.
  • Structure and pacing: The story should have a clear structure, with a beginning, middle, and end, and maintain a consistent pace throughout.
  • Language and style: The story must be well-written, with proper grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure, and exhibit a unique writing style.
  • Theme development: The story should effectively explore and develop the competition's theme.


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