1st July 2020
Sheikh Zayed Book Award announce Call to Submissions for 15th edition

Following a successful 14th edition of the prize, Flint Culture are working with the Sheikh Zayed Book Award in Abu Dhabi throughout their 15th prize cycle from 2020-2021. 

Submissions are open now until 1 October for one of the world’s most lucrative and prestigious literary prizes. Each winner receives prize money of 750,000 UAE dirhams (204,000 USD) to both recognise and further enable their creative and cultural achievements.

The award, which has been described as the “the Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel prize”, has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging work from and about the Arab world.

one of the most esteemed and lucrative literary prizes in the Arab world

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British prize alumni Dame Marina Warner (Arab Culture in Other Languages, 2013) has hailed the Award as one that nourishes the academic community, as “less of a trophy than a lavish bursary that allows the recipient to continue their adventures in understanding”, while French-Lebanese author Amin Maalouf, winner of the 2016 Cultural Personality of the year, commented, “In such difficult times, it is more important than ever to focus on books and on cultural values.”

Winning the award has enabled writers and organisations to expand and develop their projects, including 2020 winner Banipal magazine, who have put the prize money into funding their network of writers, translators, editors and printers and promoting the magazine to reach new audiences.

Authors, publishers, and translators of any nationality can make submissions, which are welcomed from all countries in Arabic and other languages.

For further details visit zayedaward.ae or @zayedbookaward 

Image Credit: Courtesy of Sheikh Zayed Book Award. Founded by Margaret Obank and Samuel Shimon.