"It's our pleasure to inform you that you are the fifth place winner of this year's Short Story Competition, organised by The National and the Abu Dhabi Book Fair! We loved your story The Others and look forward to publishing it online on our website www.thenational.ae, by Monday, April 3.
To collect your prize, you are invited to come by the Abu Dhabi Book Fair on Sunday, April 2, where you will be joined by the other four shortlisted authors and presented with your prize. The event will start at 12:30 so if you can be there a little before, at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, head to the press centre where you will be taken care of.
If you don't mind, I will have a reporter get in touch with you soon to ask you a few questions and perhaps get some background information for a story we are preparing about the winners and the outcome of the competition, which will run in the Monday addition of our paper in the Arts&Life section.
As for your story, we will publish it online as is, with very minor edits to match The National's style. If you have any questions, please be in touch.
Again, congratulations on winning and I do hope there's a lot more writing in your future."
All very nice - apart from the bit about being 'taken care of'.
I'll let you know next week how it all went.
Below are links to my two Global Short Story Competition winners, my short-listed story for the National newspaper, Abu Dhabi, and my Canterbury Tale published by Coscom Entertainment: