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The 2023 Sheikh Zayed Book Award
announces Shortlists for
Literature, Young Author, and Literary & Art Criticism
Abu Dhabi, UAE, 9 March 2023: The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has announced the shortlisted titles in its Literature, Young Author, and Literary & Art Criticism categories for its 17th edition, which consist of nine works from Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco.
The shortlist for the Literature category included three works, selected out of a longlist of 12 submissions. Similarly, the Young Author and the Literary & Art Criticism categories also had a longlist of 12 works each, out of which three were shortlisted for each of the two categories.
The three works on the Literature shortlists are:
The three works that made it to the shortlist in this category are:
The Young Author category attracted the highest number of entries for the Award this year, with 954 submissions, accounting for 30% of all applications, while the Literature category came in second with 688 submissions, making up 22% of all submitted works. For its part, the Literary & Art Criticism category recorded 286 submissions this year, an increase of 5 percent from last year.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award will announce the shortlists of its other categories over the coming few weeks.
About Sheikh Zayed Book Award
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award commemorates the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and his pioneering role in promoting national unity and development. The Award, and its associated accolades, are presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals, and publishers, as well as young talent whose writing and translation in humanities objectively enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life.
The Sheikh Zayed Book Award at the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, is an independent cultural initiative administered by Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi.
Value of the Award
Check out all the Award Categories here