Emirates News Agency – Sheikh Zayed Book Award Announces Selected Titles for “Young Author”, “Children’s Literature”


ABU DHABI, November 17, 2021 (WAM) – The Sheikh Zayed Book Prize, organized by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center – part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi – announced the titles of the list of “Young Author” and “Children’s Literature” categories for the 16th edition of the Prize for 2021/22.

The announcement of the long lists marks the start of the second stage of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA), during which the jury will conduct a full evaluation of all selected titles.

The young author has registered the most entries of any award category this year, with a total of 881 entries received, registering a remarkable 37% growth from last year’s total of 646 entries. Meanwhile, entries for children’s literature registered a total of 236. Entries came from across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, reaffirming the widespread appeal that the award has won. in Arab countries, and its popularity among creators in various literary fields in the Arab region and around the world.

The long list of the Young Author category includes 14 titles from eight Arab countries: Tunisia, Iraq, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Lebanon. Titles ranged from poetry to theses, critical studies and literary works. The long list includes the following entries: 1. Alfalsfa al Ighriqya: Min al Sfsta’iyeen ila al Soqratiyeen (Greek Philosophy: From Sophists to Socratics) by Dr Mahdi al Hajj Mabrouk (Tunisia), published by Al Dar al Tunisiya lil- Kitab in 2021 2. Satahjork al Bilad (The country will leave you) by poet Hussam Latif Al-Battat (Iraq), published by Dar Sutur for publication and distribution in 2021 3. Is’al al Raml aan Theleh (Ask the Sand about Its Shadow) by poet Mohamed Ismail (Egypt), published by Dar Al-Adham for publication and distribution in 2020 4. Zeer al Mawaweel (Mawaweel Lover) by poet Yas Al-Saidi (Iraq), published by Ta’weel Publications for publication and translation in 2021 5. Nesa ‘fi Ghorfat Virginia Woolf – Al Khitab al Naqdi Hodoor Yuqawim al Gheyab (Women in Virginia Woolf’s Room – Critical Discourse: A Presence that Persists) by Dr. Suad Al-Enezi (Kuwait), published by the House studies, editing and distribution of Nineveh in 2021 6. Al Lahoot wal Thaqafa bay n al That al Arabiya wal Akhar al Anglo-Ameriki (Theology and culture between the Arab self and the other Anglo-American) by Osama Al-Saghir (Morocco), published by Dar Al-Aman in 2021 7. Al Badawa fi al She’er al Arabi al Qadeem (Bedouinism in Ancient Arabic Poetry) by Dr Mohamed Al-Maztouri (Tunisia), published by the Faculty of Letters, Arts and Humanities of the University of Manouba and the GLD Foundation (Complexe Al-Atrash for Specialized Books) in 2021 8. Al Hikaya al Shaabiya al Saudia al Maktooba bil Fus’ha: Dirasa fi al Muta’aliyat al Nasiya (Saudi Folk Tales Written in Fus’ha: A Study of Textual Transcendence) by Manal Salem Al -Qathami (Saudi Arabia), published by the Arab Diffusion Foundation in 2021 9. Al Qurtubi Yastayqith fi al Iskindiriya (Al-Qurtubi wakes up in Alexandria) by Omar Zakaria (Jordan), published by Difaf, Al-Tikhlaf and Majaz Publications in 2021 10. Aala Balad al Mahboob Rehlat Zamzam al Akheera (To Beloved Land: Zamzam’s Last Journey) by Ahmed Khair El-Din (Egypt), published by Dar Al-Shorouk in 2021 11. Al Aard ma Qabl al Awal (The pre-premiere) by Nizar Karboot (Morocco), published by the Arab Cultural Center in 2020 12. Al Janna Ajmal min Baeed (Paradise is more Beautiful from Afar) by Katia Tawil (Lebanon), published by Hachette Antoine / Nofal in 2021 13. Al Tasamoh fi al Turath al Shaabi al Masri (Tolerance in Egyptian popular heritage) by Nora Hassan Ahmed (Egypt ), published by the Egyptian General Book Authority in 2019 14. Al Kaa’in al Balaghi al Lugha wal Aaql wal Istita’a fi Kitab ‘Al Bayan wal Tabyeen (Rhetorical subject: language, reason and ability in the book’ Al- Bayan wal-Tabyeen ‘) by Mustafa Rajwan (Morocco), published by Dar Kunouz Al Maarifa for publication and distribution in 2021 Meanwhile, the long list for the Children’s literature category consists of 10 titles from 6 Arab countries: Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Oman, United Arab Emirates and Syria. The entries that made the cut were: 1. Malikat al Ard wa Bint al Sama ‘(Queen of Earth and Daughter of Heaven) by Saudi writer Arwa Khamis, published by Arwa Arabic Publishing House in 2020 2. Ismi kul Asma ‘al Shajar (My name is the name of all trees) by Emirati writer Nadia Al Kalbani, published by Qahwa Publishing House in 2021 3. Diya’ wa Taj an-Noor (Diyaa ‘and the crown of light) from the Tunisian writer Najwa Al- Darawi, published by Nabd Al-Qalam House for Publishing and Distribution in 2021 4. Smoothy al Mughamer (Smoothy the Adventurer) by Omani writer Badriya Al-Badri, published by Maktabat Kunooz Al Maarifa in 2021 5 . Ikhtalaft fa Tamyazt (I Was Different, So I was Special), by Saudi writer Alaa Saad Al-Najem, published by Academia International in 2020 6. Loghz al Kora al Zujajiya (The mystery of the glass ball) by l Syrian writer Maria Daadoush, published by Dar Al-Saqi in 2021 7. Khuyoot al Soof al Mulawana (Color of threads) by the writer Emirati ain Nadia Al-Najjar, issue edited by Dar Lulu for publication and distribution in 2021 8. Shams Tadhak (A Laughing Sun) by Syrian writer Bayan Al-Safadi, published by Dar Al Banan in 2020 9. Maw’idi maa al Noor (My appointment with light) by Moroccan writer Raja Mellah, published by Al Mu’allif for publication, printing and distribution in 2021 10. Allah ma Ahlah (How beautiful) by Dr Yassin Hazkar from Morocco, published by Al Hukama ‘Publishing in 2021 The award will continue to announce shortlisted entries in the remaining categories in the coming weeks.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award honors the outstanding achievements of innovators and thinkers in the fields of literature, arts and humanities in Arabic and other languages. It aims to advance Arabic literature and culture, providing new opportunities for Arabic-speaking writers. Authors writing on Arab culture and civilization in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian are also honored with the award.


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