In the Name of Allah the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful

By the grace of Allah, we are pleased to announce that submissions for Volume 3: The Companions of Karbala are now open! All entries must me submitted using this form

The initial submission period is NOW CLOSED! Rolling submissions are now open.

What Are Rolling Submissions: LAYLA Journal editorial team does not begin reviewing and accepting submissions until AFTER the submission period closes. Every entry goes through an extensive review process, for quality and Islamic review. In case of leftover space and to give rejected submissions a second chance, there’s rolling submissions. Rolling submissions are:

  • Considered ONLY IF there is leftover space in the journal and have no guarantee of response from TLJ editorial team
  • Initial submitters resubmitting with the TLJ editorial team’s suggested edits are given higher priority
  • Rolling submissions typically last 1 -2 weeks after initial submissions close, but can close at any time

Confused about what LAYLA Journal is? Read up here! Otherwise, continue reading on below or use the navigation links to get your entry ready!


This volume will focus on the companions of Imam Hussain on the journey to Karbala, until the end of the day of Ashura, such as Hadhrat Muslim and Hadhrat Hur.

Inshallah we plan to focus on different personalities that were important helpers of the Imam during this time in each Muharram issue in the coming years. For this reason, all works must focus heavily on the companions of the Imam, not members of the Ahlul Bait.

You can submit art, poetry, or a short story.  You can submit one piece to each section. For example, you can submit, an art, poetry, and short story submission, but not 3 poetry submissions.


This edition, we will be giving preference to shorter works. Please use download the document in the link below to check how long your entry is on the page size of the journal:

Download a formatted entry document here:

Please ensure your submission is PROOFREAD for grammatical errors as much as possible and on theme. Unedited submissions will be automatically rejected and sent back to the writer for possible resubmission.

Poetry Submission Criteria: Poets original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; Two columns max per page; Word Count max ~450 words; Max page count 2 pgs; Accepted file formats: pdf, docx, rtf, txt

Short Story Criteria:  Writers original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; Max page count 2 pgs; Accepted file formats: pdf, docx, rtf, txt

Artwork Criteria: Please ensure your art piece is on theme also refrain from drawing the faces of the Imams and their companions. Criteria: Artists original work; Previously unreleased or limited release work; CMYK, 300dpi; 1 pg per Art piece; Accepted file formats: png, jpg, pdf; All types of STILL visual media can be submitted (ex: illustration, photography, calligraphy, paper quilling, etc)


We encourage writers and artists to use this as an opportunity to learn more about the companions of Imam Hussain, so we can learn how to be better companions of Imam Mahdi (atfs). We provided the links below as resources to learn more about their lives:

Nafasul Mahmum, Relating to the Heart Rending Tragedy of Karbala’  

by Sheikh Abbas Qummi

by Mohammad Ali Shomali

Tears and Tributes

by Zakir

The Journey of Tears 

You can find more sources on:

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