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The Costa Debate Winners have been announced!

Congratulations to the first place English winner Katherine Rich and the three runners up:

Virginia Chicot

Kim Mascarenhas

Isibeal Fergus

To see the Arabic winners please click here.

E-Book vs Book?

While you sit comfortably drinking your coffee, write a convincing argument for your case.

In no more than 300 words tell us what you most enjoy reading – E-Book or Book?

Entries can be submitted via the form below.

Two winners, one English language winner, and one Arabic language winner, will each receive an AED10,000 dnata Travel Voucher and a year’s free coffee. Three English language runners up and three Arabic language runners up will also be selected.

Closing date February 24, 2018

Who can enter?

  • This competition is open to anyone who is currently resident in the UAE and above 14 years of age
  • The submission can be in Arabic or English
  • To be submitted online

What is the prize?

The two winners will each receive:

  • An AED10,000 dnata travel voucher valid for 1 year from the official claim date
  • A year’s supply of free coffee, restricted to one cup per day

Please note: Obtaining visas and necessary travel permissions, where required, will be the responsibility of the winner
The six runners-up will receive:

  • A month’s supply of free coffee, restricted to one cup per day

Read the 2017 winning entry here

What are the rules?

Please read these competition rules carefully. If you enter, you have agreed to the terms, conditions and rules pertaining to the competition

  • The entry must not be more than 300 words
  • The entry must present an argument for the debate topic
  • The entry can be in either Arabic or English
  • One winner will be chosen in each language category
  • No images can be included

The entries should not include any inappropriate content and should adhere to common standards of decency in the UAE i.e. submissions with explicit nudity and/ or violence would be disqualified immediately.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The competition is not open to employees (or members of their immediate families) of Emirates Literature Foundation and Emirates Leisure Retail
  • The competition opens on 24th October 2017 and closes on 24th February 2018
  • Entries must be an unpublished piece and an original work and not more than 300 words.
  • Entrants must be 14 years of age or over
  • Entries may be in Arabic or English
  • Copyright of submissions belong to the Festival/ Costa Coffee to use in any marketing/ promotional collateral
  • Must not contain anything that is distasteful or abusive
  • No part of a prize is exchangeable for cash or any other prize
  • The prize will not be transferable to another person
  • The judges’ decision is final and they cannot engage with entrants for future editorial work or respond to email communications
  • By entering the competition the winner agrees to participate in such promotional activity and material as Costa and Emirates Airline Festival of Literature may require
  • The winner will be announced during the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature 2018 and the winner must be available to attend the prize-giving event in Dubai
  • Two winning prizes only will be awarded for the Costa Debate, one for an entry in Arabic and one for an entry in English
  • Each of the two main prizes is a voucher for dnata travel to the value of AED 10,000 which can be redeemed with dnata Travel
  • It is the responsibility of the winner to ensure that the travelling parties have valid travel documents and visas as required
  • Prize valid for 1 year from issue date

The Competition Has Now Been Closed.



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