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Readers Bookshop announces winners of the Readers Prize for Gifted Young Writers

Amman, Jordan – January 2015 – After receiving hundreds of original short stories from young local writers, Readers Bookshop – the leading bookshop in Jordan – hosted an awards ceremony on January 16 to announce the winners of the first-ever Readers Prize for Gifted Young Writers. From the competition’s exceptional submissions, an esteemed judging panel selected 12 finalists to attend the ceremony, alongside their friends and family, the contest judges, and a number of media representatives. The event culminated in the announcement of the top three winners of the competition.
The first-place winner was 16-year-old Nadine Khayyat, who took home a cash prize of JD500, along with 50 books donated from Readers to her school library. The second- and third-place winners were Noor Hanania/16 and Sarah Pain/17, respectively, who also received monetary awards.
Commenting on the occasion, Hiba Manna, Marketing Manager of THE Group – the retail pioneer behind Readers, Cozmo, Hamleys, and BHS – explained that THE Group’s support for local talent stems from its belief that the private sector has a responsibility to promote and foster such talent whenever possible.
"Following the exceptional success of the first Readers Prize for Gifted Young Writers, we are eager to transform this event into an annual competition. We were thoroughly impressed by the number of submissions we received, in addition to the level of maturity shown in the written work of Jordan’s talented youth. We at Readers have been reinvigorated by the achievements of these young people, and are enthusiastically committed to further motivating and supporting the talents and skills of local youth," she added.
Since opening in 2007, Readers has established itself as the leading bookshop in the Kingdom. With two branches – located in Cozmo Centre at the Seventh Circle and Taj Lifestyle in Abdoun – Readers offers its customers an exclusive collection of books, covering an array of genres, designed to excite and inspire avid book lovers and new readers alike.

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