The Sheikh Zayed Book Prize invites submissions for its 17th edition for 2022-23

Abu Dhabi, UAE: Organized by the Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), the Sheikh Zayed Book Prize (SZBA) has opened entries for its 17th edition. The submission period will run until October 1, 2022.

This announcement follows the success of the 16th edition, which received the highest number of submissions in its nine categories since its inception, with more than 3,000 submissions from 55 countries, including 20 Arab countries and 35 international countries – an increase of 28% compared to the 15th edition. The SZBA classifies submissions into nine categories: Literature, Translation, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Arabic Culture in Other Languages, Children’s Literature, Literary and Art Criticism, Young Author, Publishing and Technology, and Cultural Personality of the Year .

“The Sheikh Zayed Book Award continues to make strides towards enriching Arab culture, and today we are about to open a new chapter for the initiative, where it continues to welcome innovators and creative thinkers from all over the world,” said HE Dr Ali. bin Tamim, president of the ALC and general secretary of the SZBA. “The Prize is now one of the most respected of its kind, as evidenced by the unprecedented number of nominees in its latest edition, where writers and thinkers from diverse fields competed for the prize. This year, we again look forward to receiving a host of imaginative and enlightening new works for the next edition.

The award receives self-nominations from authors, as well as submissions from publishing houses, who may nominate books they have published with the authors’ written consent. Nominated works must meet a set of criteria to be submitted for consideration by the SZBA. All nominated works must have been published within the past two years and must not have won any major international awards. Nominated original works must be written in Arabic, with the exception of works nominated in the Translation category, which must be translated to or from Arabic, and submissions in the Arabic Culture category in other languages, where the works published in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian are accepted. For the Cultural Personality of the Year Award, nominees must be nominated by academic, research or cultural institutions; literary organizations and universities; or by three leading intellectual and cultural personalities. Applicants for all other categories are required to personally complete the nomination forms on the SZBA website.

Nominees can submit their submissions to the Sheikh Zayed Book Award and access more information about the process on the official SZBA website or by emailing [email protected]

The 16th edition of the Prize honored winners in eight categories: In the Literature category, the Prize was awarded to Emirati author Maisoon Saqer for her book ‘Maq’ha Reesh, Ain Ala Massr (A Look at Egypt: Rich Coffee)’published by Nahdet Misr Publishing in 2021, while Syrian writer Maria Dadouch won the Children’s Literature category for her novel ‘Loghz al Kora al Zujajiya (The Mystery of the Glass Ball)‘, published by Dar Al-Saqi in 2021. Dr. Mohamed Al-Maztouri from Tunisia won in the Young Author category with his book ‘Al Badawa fi al She’er al Arabi al Qadeem’ (Bedouinism in ancient Arabic poetry)study published by the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Human Sciences of the University of Manouba and the GLD Foundation (Al-Atrash Complex of Specialized Books) in 2021.

The Translation category saw Dr Ahmed Aladawi from Egypt win the award for his translation work ‘Nash’at al Insaniyat Einda al Muslimeen wa fi al Gharb al Maseehi’ (The Rise of Humanism in Classical Islam and the Christian West) by George Makdisi from English to Arabic, which was published by Madarat for Research and Publishing in 2021. Meanwhile, Moroccan author Mohamed Aldahi’s book ‘Al Sarid wa Taw’am al Rooh: Min al Tamtheel ila al Istinaa’ (The Narrator and Soul Mate: From Comedy to Simulation) – issued by the Center Culturel du Livre in 2021 – winner in the Art & Literary Critic category.

The Arabic Culture in Other Languages ​​category saw Dr. Muhsin J. Al-Musawi from Iraq and the United States win for his book ‘Arabian Nights in Contemporary World Cultures: Global Commodification, Translation, and the Cultural Industry‘, published by Cambridge University Press in 2021, while the Publishing and Technology Prize went to the Bibliotheca Alexandrina (The Library of Alexandria) in Egypt.

The “Cultural Personality of the Year” award was presented to renowned Saudi thinker Dr. Abdullah Al-Ghathami in recognition of his outstanding contributions, studies and research projects that have enriched the cultural movement in the region and the Arab world.

Angela C. Hale