International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2013 Shortlist Revealed

IPAF LogoThe International Prize for Arabic Fiction has announced the shortlisted titles for 2013. Works by Sinan Antoon, Jana Elhassan, Mohammed Hassan Alwan, Ibrahim Issa, Saud Alsanousi and Hussein Al-Wad have been selected from the longlist in a press conference in Tunis, Tunisia by the previously anonymous Judging Panel, chaired by the Egyptian writer and academic Galal Amin.

The Judges for the 2013 prize are the Egyptian academic and writer Galal Amin who is acting as the Chair of the Judges. Judging with him is Lebanese academic and critic Sobhi al-Boustani; Ali Ferzat, who is head of the Arab Cartoonists' Association, and owner and chief editor of the independent Syrian daily newspaper Al-Domari; Polish academic and Professor of Arabic Literature at the Arts College of the Jagiellonian University of Cracow, Barbara Michalak-Pikulska, and Professor Zahia Smail Salhi, specialist in Arabic Literature Classical and Modern and Gender Studies at Manchester University.

The six shortlisted titles were chosen from the longlist of 16 which was announced in December last year. The novels were selected from 133 entries from 15 countries, all published in 2012. The shortlisted novels are as follows:

Ave Maria
by Sinan Antoon

I, She and Other Women
by Jana Elhassan

The Beaver
by Mohammed Hassan Alwan

Our Master
by Ibrahim Issa

The Bamboo Stick
by Saud Alsanousi

His Excellency the Minister
by Hussein Al-Wad

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is awarded for the best piece of Arabic prose fiction and each of the six shortlisted finalists receives $10,000, with a further $50,000 going to the winner.  The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2013 will be announced at an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi on 23 April 2013. An English translation of the winning novel is guaranteed for the winner and all five of the previous winners of the Prize have secured English publishing deals for their novels.

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Published Date - 14/01/2013