The Fountain 2016 Essay Contest Shortlist

Here are the 36 writers who qualified into the shortlist. Winners will be announced on March 31. Good luck!

Afrouz Razavi; Amos Abi, Oleh; Arte Krasniqi; Aura Truelove; Claudia Verona; Denise Faye Oliva Tabilas; Duncan Rowan Ireland; Elizabeth Jaeger; Faleeha Hassan; Gabriella Brand; Giusi Catarinolo; Helen Stead; Janette Conger; Jessica Ornelas; JG Horta; Joel Moodley; Karina Nava-Melchor; Kathleen Jacobson; Khajira Christopher; Lawrence Brazier; Mansurni Abadi; Matthew Hawk Eldridge; Michael Mardel; Michael W. Smith; Mike Brinkac; Nuran Elif ├ľzt├╝rk; R. D. Rogers; Ray Mwareya; Rebecca Foster; Rosemary McKinley; Salma Hany Abdel Fattah; Santiago Selva; Sifon Ikpe; Suzeth Lozania; Terri Doby; Valentina Locatelli

Literature & Languages

  • Issue 113 / September - October 2016


    M. Fethullah Gulen

    A lover who has seen You

    Would not look for another.

    A loyal one who has befriended You

    Would not ask for another.

    Once ears have heard You

    They are deaf to another.

    You sit upon the throne of hearts;

    They do not desire another.

    Your Name, sweetest on the tongue

    Praised in every breath;

    Once your love is tasted,

    No other honey is needed

    Once a soul loves You,

    Has come to meet You,

    And attained Your privacy,

    It needs no more prosperity

    The poor are rich with You.

    You are the only strength of the weak.

    Those praising You with zeal

    Will suffer no more


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