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Write A Novel Challenge Introduction & First Chapters – An Amazing Achievement by UAE Schools

Write A Novel Challenge Introduction & First Chapters – An Amazing Achievement by UAE Schools

by James MullanJuly 4, 2020

Write A Novel Challenge – An Amazing Achievement by UAE Schools and Students

Does a school in the UAE have a future best-selling, Booker Prize winning, Nobel laureate accepting author in its ranks? Maybe the Emirates even has a few of them, who just need a little encouragement to get those creative juices flowing?

Our first joint initiative with our sister site,, intends to find out with the Write a Novel Challenge!

The teams at and have decided that the time is right to uncover the UAE’s young ‘master storytellers’ and to give them their place in the spotlight.

We are launching our ‘Write a Novel Challenge’ which is, effectively, a literary relay with individual children writing a single chapter of a novel of around 1,000 words.

The story will begin with the first chapter to be published both here on and on on 31st May.


The Challenge

We put out the challenge to schools asking them to nominate two to three of their top talented writers – and what a response we had! In total 24 schools from around the UAE promptly answered the call and will be participating in the programme.

The ‘Write A Novel Challenge’ will work like this: each weekday one writer from one school will write a single chapter of up to 1,000 words. Immediately, a writer from another school will pick up the story-line and take it in any direction they like by completing the next chapter of a similar length. Students from Year 9 have been invited to participate in the challenge.

Given the average novel is around 60,000 to 90,000 words we believe we should be able to complete the ‘magnus opus’ by the middle of September, an impressive turnaround time for a novel. Each chapter will be loaded the day following completion on the and websites.

Prior to beginning their great literary adventure all writers (and their teachers) have been invited to attend an online mentoring session hosted by three very successful authors with Dubai links; Annabel Kantaria, Brandy Scott and Rachel Hamilton. The young authors will receive advice on how to keep readers engaged and can ask questions about the process and craft of composing a proper ‘page turner’!


Writing the Perfect Novel – Three top Writers Give advice to Aspiring Young Writers …

So keep close to and over the coming weeks…..

Your summer blockbuster has arrived early!


Volume 1 – Chapters 1 – 28 – In Full.

Write a novel challenge Chapter 12 provides an insight into the purest most absolute form of structured rage.

To read Chapter 1, click here.

To read Chapter 2, click here.

To read Chapter 3, click here.

To read Chapter 4, click here.

To read Chapter 5, click here.

To read Chapter 6, click here.

To read Chapter 7, click here.

To read Chapter 8, click here.

To read Chapter 9, click here.

To read Chapter 10, click here.

To read Chapter 11, click here.

To read Chapter 12, click here.

To read Chapter 13, click here.

To read Chapter 14, click here.

To read Chapter 15, Click here.

To read Chapter 16, click here.

To read Chapter 17, click here.

To read Chapter 18, click here.

To read Chapter 19, click here.

To read Chapter 20, click here.

To read Chapter 21, click here.

To read Chapter 22, click here.

To read Chapter 23, click here.

To read Chapter 24, click here.

To read Chapter 25, click here.

To read Chapter 26, click here.

To read Chapter 27, click here.

To read Chapter 28, click here.

For further information on, click here.

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About The Author
James Mullan
James Mullan - MD, Co-Founder Contact: jamesmullan [at] One of the two founders of James Mullan has been a communications advisor for more than 20 years, working with some of the most successful global and regional brands. He has been running his own communications consultancy, based in Dubai, for almost seven years. He's also taken an active role in community events and was one of the founding committee members for the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature. As a long-time resident of the UAE and a parent of two daughters, James has a deep interest in the education sector and is delighted to be playing a role, however modest, in its development. Contact for: General business issues. James may also be contacted for media comment.

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