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A substantial prize is handed out each year to six short-listed works and a further one to the outstanding winner. The prize deals specifically with the novel genre and the winner is selected by a panel of experts from the Arab literary world: academics, journalists and publishers. The winner for 2008 was Baha Taher for Sunset Oasis, a winning title which explores one man's existential crisis. More recently, the 2009 winner was announced as the Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan for his novel, Beelzebub. To see the prize website go to, http://www.arabicfiction.org/en/winner.html