International Prize for Arabic Fiction

International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2024 longlist announced.

The longlist for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2024 was announced on Thursday, December 14, 2023.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is the most prestigious literary prize in the Arab world. It aims to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high-quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages. Previous winners include Bahaa Taher (2008), Yusuf Zeydan (2009), Abdo Khal (2010), Mohammed Achaari (2011), Rabee Jaber (2012), Saud Alsanousi (2013), Ahmed Saadawi (2014), Shukri Mabkhout (2015), Rabai al-Madhoun (2016), Mohammed Hasan Alwan (2017), Ibrahim Nasrallah (2018), Hoda Barakat (2019), and Mohamed Alnaas (2022).

The jury for 2024 is chaired by Syrian writer Nabil Suleiman alongside Palestinian writer, researcher, and academic Sonia Nimr, Czech academic František Ondráš, Egyptian critic and journalist Mohamed Shoair, and Sudanese writer and journalist Hammour Ziada.

This panel announced the longlist for 2024, from 133 submissions that were published in Arabic between July 2022 and June 2023, on Thursday. The chair of the jury Nabil Suleiman said, “The longlist for this year’s prize cycle comprises rich and varied narratives. A broad range of Arab countries are represented, resulting in the exploration of diverse experiences, settings, and characters. The list presents fictional characters who face complex societal issues, some old and others new, and topics such as the role of the arts, women’s rights, and cross-cultural interaction. Some novels explore individual, and others national, consciousness. They open up new perspectives by interrogating history to connect past and present struggles, particularly in places rocked by despotism, persecution, wars, uprisings, expulsions, and exile. Each offers compelling and original narratives, and considered together, the list has a distinctly epic feel in scope and range.”

Here are the Africans in the running for this prize;

  • Nearly Every Day, Mohammed Abdel Nabi, Markez Al Mahrusa, Egypt
  • I Hide Passion, Dorra Al Fazi, Sindbad, Tunisia
  • Storm Over the Islands, Ahmed Menour, Dar Al Tanweer, Algeria
  • Gambling on the Honour of Lady Mitsy, Ahmed Al Morsi, Dar Dawen, Egypt
  • The Mosaicist, Eissa Nasiri, Masciliana, Morocco
  • Reader of the Tanners’ Alley, Sufyan Rajab, Masciliana, Tunisia
  • The Idols, Amin Zaoui, Editions Daiman Algeria, Algeria

The shortlist will be announced on February 14 before the winner is made public on April 2024.

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  1. […] The jury for 2024 is chaired by Syrian writer Nabil Suleiman alongside Palestinian writer, researcher, and academic Sonia Nimr, Czech academic František Ondráš, Egyptian critic and journalist Mohamed Shoair, and Sudanese writer and journalist Hammour Ziada. They announced the longlist for 2024, from 133 submissions that were published in Arabic between July 2022 and June 2023, on Thursday, December 14. […]

  2. […] the 133 submissions published in Arabic between July 2022 and June 2023, the longlist was revealed on Thursday, December 14 before the shortlist was made public on February […]

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