The annual Daybreak Press Literary Conference

brings together muslim women across all genres

Muslim women speakers, authors, and journalists.

From bloggers and journalists to novelists and poets – this conference inspires Muslim women writers by offering workshops, interactive lectures, entertainment, and networking, and by celebrating the winners of the Daybreak Press book awards.

The annual Daybreak Press Literary Conference

recognizes the published work of muslim women

The Daybreak Press Literary Conference began in 2015 with Dr. Tamara Gray and Nijiyah Maxfield, founders of Daybreak Press Publishing Company, in an effort to raise Muslim women’s voices in the literary landscape.

Now, Muslim women writers can be celebrated and highlighted for authentic writing. 

The Daybreak Book Awards are presented to the winners at this event. Books compete in various categories including Children’s Picture Books, Illustrations, Book Series, Fantasy, Islamic Fiction, Graphic Novels, Non-Fiction, etc.  

English books by muslim authors

The panelists and speakers include authors of fiction and nonfiction works, academic scholars, journalists, poets/spoken word artists, and bloggers. The Daybreak Press Literary Conference is an effort to regain authority over our own stories as Muslim women in hopes of breaking stereotypes and becoming a leading standard for Muslim women who are involved in literature – as authors and publishers.

This year, speakers have the option to present either in-person or online.

Past speaker sessions included:

The Legacy of Women’s Scholarship & Spirituality with Dr. Tamara Gray & Anse Shehnaz Karim

Anchoring KidLit with Ambareen Syed & Rahma Mohammed

Traditions of Artistic Expression with Timaj Garad & Michelle Marie

Navigating Nonfiction Storytelling & Narratives with Rukayat Yakub & Dr. Saadia Mian

Overcoming Challenges in Publishing: Embracing the Inner Critic with Kaltun Karani, Najiyah Maxfiled & Tayyaba Syed

Muslim Women & Literary Legitimacy: Literary Cannonballs with Nusaiba Imady, Amina Ghouse & Asma Nizami

Tackling Taboos: Elephant on the Page with Khadijah Rashid, Sara Bawany & Afshan Malik

Spiritual Hearts & Academic Minds with Dr. Tamara Gray

Lit Sisterhood with Umm Juwayriyah & Juwayriyah Ayed

Reclaiming our Space: Journeys through Race, Class and Gender in Islam with Dr. Jamillah Karim

Breaking Barriers in Memoirs & Storytelling with Asmaa Hussein

Facets of Me: Entwining Cultural Heritage, National Pride, and the Muslim Identity with Nahela Morales

The Value of Your Voice: A Spotlight for Muslim Women Authors and Entrepreneurs with Jenny Triplett

Your Treasure Chest: Stories Unfolding Through Journalism with Tayyaba Syed

In-person portion will be held at the rabata cultural center


"I didn't think I would benefit as much as I did from the conference because I am not an author or serious writer. I was wrong! My voice matters, period."
-Maha Gaafar
"The speakers took me into a whole different realm of understanding on the impact of our authentic narratives as Muslim women. [The panels] encouraged me to be a better me!"
-Eman Manigat
"Created to provide a platform to celebrate, promote, and encourage Muslim women writers, MWLC is a fantastic initiative for the ever-growing niche of Muslim women with literary ambitions."
-Zainab Bint Younus
"Daybreak Press lets women recognise their identities by taking a firm hold of their own narrative."
-Fatimah Gomez
"Admittedly, this conference with brilliant, hard-working Muslim women did more than motivate me to write; it increased my interest in reading Islamic stories and writing for purpose, rather than achievement."
-Shereen Hakim

Speakers List Conferences in 2015 – 2020

Keynotes: Dr. Tamara Gray, Executive Director of Rabata & Najiyah Maxfield, Editorial Director of Daybreak Press Publishing

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