Sheikh Zayed Book Awards Announces Longlist in ‘Young Author’ Category

Arabic Literature (in English)

The longlists for the 2015 Sheikh Zayed Book Awards (SZBA) were announced yesterday in the Emerging Author and Children’s Book categories:

18927957The Emerging Author (or “young author”) longlist includes nine works from Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon and the Emirates, with its signature mix of genres, which including novels, cultural, and literary studies, all judged together in one bucket. To be eligible, works must have been written by an author under 40.

One of the authors — Mohammed Hasan Alwan — is one of the “Beirut39,” a list of 39 talented Arab authors under 40. They were selected as part of the Hay Festival in 2009.

Muhra Bint Ahmad, Emirates, Krakatoa (novel)

Mohammed Hasan Alwan, Saudi Arabia, Migration: Theories and Factors That Affect It

Mohammed Al Dakkan, Saudi Arabia, Eloquence of the Arab Mind

Khaled Ahmed, Egypt, East Ring Road (novel)

Nabil Elshahed, Egypt, The Miraculous in Ancient Arab Tales


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