esterday, Sheikh Zayed Book Award organizers announced the prize’s ten-book longlist for the “literature” category, which comprises both poetry and narrative works:
This year, no women’s works made the list.
The prize, which runs alongside the International Prize for Arabic Fiction and also awards its prizes at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, has yet to find its feet. Last year, the prize went to the Egyptian novelist AbdulRasheed Mahmoudi for his lukewarm novel After Coffee. In 2012 and 2013, the prize was withheld due in part to its layered judging system: Different (anonymous) committees select the longlist, shortlist, and winner.
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