Mabrook! Sharjah Men’s College final-year HD Business and Information Technology student Hassan Yousif Mohammed is a young man of precious few words, which is probably what helped him to win the regional first prize in the national Extremely Short Story Competition held recently.
Presented with his award at Zayed University on 12 June, Hassan’s win will take him on an all expenses-paid trip to a creative writing workshop in the UK.
The win came as a surprise for the modest writer who already has a number of unpublished titles under his belt.
“It is a wonderful opportunity. I will learn a lot from other writers and I expect to improve my skills at this workshop,” Hassan said.
“The fact that I won this short story competition has encouraged me to continue writing for a hobby. I will also be looking out for suitable magazines to publish my work.”
Sharjah Men’s College English faculty teacher Debbie Owen described Hassan as a hardworking and talented student.
“He started showing an interest in writing in English when he was in Foundations, showing a great command of vocabulary and writing thoughtful and unusual essays,” Ms Owen said.
“He is also working on a fantasy/historical novel. His imagination is what most stands out in his writing. He can put himself in the place of other people and even inanimate objects.
“His winning story in 2006 was written from the point of view of a tree, and one of his 2008 entries has the voice of a newspaper. He will go far!”
Hassan was student editor of Future Echo, SMC¿s online magazine, for two years, and around that time he started entering writing competitions. So far he has won two Sharjah Higher Colleges of Technology writing competitions and he was also a prize winner in the British Council/Zayed University 2006 Extremely Short Story Competition.
ESSC Originator and Principal Editor Peter John Hassall said Hassan’s entries this year were outstanding and he was a worthy winner.