The Oakland Arts Review invites undergraduates nationwide to submit your work now to the OAR American Muslim Experience Prize in Nonfiction (formerly the Hajja Razia Sharif Sheikh Prize in Nonfiction). Awards will be given to the best essay that addresses the experience of being Muslim in America. 


DEADLINE: December 1, 2018

FIRST PRIZE: $300 and publication in OAR

SECOND PRIZE: $150 and possible publication in OAR

Winning pieces will speak to the experience — joys and challenges — of being Muslim in America today in ways that educate and inform our readers. Winning pieces may also demonstrate an understanding of Islamic history, culture, contributions, and / or its influence on society. Winners must be undergraduates currently enrolled in degree granting colleges in the United States. Authors do not have to identify as Muslim to be awarded the prize. 

There is no fee to enter. 

Please also follow these general guidelines for submissions: 

  • Please upload your work using ONE FILE (do not upload files as multiple submissions).
  • We do accept simultaneous submissions on the condition that you indicate this in your submission, and contact us to let us know if it is accepted elsewhere.
  • Please proofread your work carefully before submitting
  • You must be an undergraduate enrolled in a degree-granting institution at the time of submission to have your work considered for publication.