International Prize for Arabic Fiction
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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) (Arabic: الجائزة العالمية للرواية العربية) is a literary prize managed in association with the Booker Prize Foundation in London, and supported by the Emirates Foundation in Abu Dhabi. The prize is specifically for prose fiction by Arabic authors, along the lines of the Man Booker Prize. Each year, the winner of the prize receives US$50,000 and the six shortlisted authors receive US$10,000 each.
|International Prize for Arabic Fiction|
|Awarded for||Best novel published in Arabic|
|Presented by||Emirates Foundation|
|Currently held by||Shukri Mabkhout|
The aim of the award is to recognise and reward excellence in contemporary Arabic fiction writing and to encourage wider readership of good-quality Arabic literature in the region and internationally. The prize is also designed to encourage the translation and promotion of Arabic language literature into other major world languages. An independent board of trustees, drawn from across the Arab world and beyond, is responsible for appointing six new judges each year, and for the overall management of the prize.
Rules and entryEdit
Only novels are considered for the IPAF. Submissions are made by publishers, which can nominate up to three novels published in Arabic during the previous year. All authors must be living at the time of the award.
- Ahdaf Soueif, Novelist and political and cultural commentator.
- Professor Marie-Thérèse Abdel-Messih, Professor of English & Comparative Literature, University of Cairo, Egypt
- Nouri Abid, Publisher, L'Edition Med Ali, Tunisia
- Bachar Chebaro, Publisher, Scientific Arab Publishers, Lebanon
- Dr. Peter Clark OBE, Independent Consultant and Writer, Middle East Cultural Advisory Services, UK
- Professor Rasheed El-Enany, Professor of Modern Arabic Literature, University of Exeter, and Series Editor of Edinburgh Studies in Modern Arabic Literature, UK
- Joumana Haddad, Writer, Poet and Journalist
- Dr Khaled Hroub, Arab academic and director of Cambridge Arab Media Project (CAMP)
- Assia Moussei, President and Publishing Manager of El Ikhtilef publishing house, translator and journalist, Algeria
- Zaki Nusseibeh, Advisor, Ministry of Presidential Affairs – Vice-Chairman, Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage
- Margaret Obank, Publisher and Editor, Banipal magazine of Modern Arab Literature, UK
- William Sieghart, Chairman & Founder, Forward Publishing, National Poetry Day, UK
- Professor Yasir Suleiman CBE, Professor of Arabic, University of Cambridge, UK
- Evelyn (Eve) Smith, Company Secretary of International Prize for Arabic Fiction, Company Secretary Booker Prize Foundation, UK
- Jonathan Taylor CBE, Current Chairman of the IPAF Board of Trustees. Chairman, Booker Prize Foundation, UK
Winners and nomineesEdit
The novels shortlisted for IPAF 2007–08:
- Bahaa Taher, Sunset Oasis, Egypt
- Jabbour Douaihy, June's Rain, Lebanon
- Elias Farkouh, The Land of Purgatory, Jordan
- Khaled Khalifa, In Praise of Hatred, Syria
- May Menassa, Walking in the Dust, Lebanon
- Mekkaoui Said, Swan Song, Egypt
The shortlist was announced December 10, 2008 chosen from a total of 131 submissions from 16 Arabic countries. The winner was announced March 16, 2009.
- Yusuf Zeydan, Azazel, Egypt
- Mohammad Al Bisatie, Hunger, Egypt
- Fawwaz Haddad, The Unfaithful Translator, Syria
- Inaam Kachachi, The American Granddaughter, Iraq
- Ibrahim Nasrallah, Time of White Horses, Jordan/Palestine
- Habib Selmi, The Scents of Marie-Claire, Tunisia
Also longlisted in 2009Edit
- Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Intensive Care Unit, Egypt
- Abdul-Kareem Jouaity, Platoon of Ruin, Morocco
- Ali al-Muqri, Black Taste, Black Odour, Yemen
- Ali Bader, The Tobacco Guard, Iraq
- Ibrahim al-Koni, The Tumour, Libya
- Muhammed Abu Maatouk, The Bottle and the Genie, Syria
- Renée Hayek, Prayer for the Family, Lebanon
- Bensalem Himmich, The Man from Andalucia, Morocco
- Yahya Yakhlif, Ma' Al Sama' , Palestine
The shortlist announced on December 16, 2009 was chosen from a total of 115 submissions from 17 Arabic countries. The winner was announced on March 2, 2010, the first day of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
- Abdo Khal, She Throws Sparks, Saudi Arabia
- Muhammad Al Mansi Qindeel, A Cloudy Day on the West Side, Egypt
- Mansoura Ez Eldin, Beyond Paradise, Egypt
- Rabee Jaber, America, Lebanon
- Rabai’ Madhoun, The Lady from Tel Aviv, Palestine
- Jamal Naji, When the Wolves Grow Old, Jordan
Also longlisted in 2010Edit
- Mahmoud al-Rimawy, Who Will Cheer up the Lady?, Palestine
- Umaima al-Khamis, The Leafy Tree, Saudi Arabia
- Ali Bader, Kings of the Sands, Iraq
- Muhsin al-Ramly, Fingers Pass, Iraq
- Abdullah Bin Bakheet, Street of Affections, Saudi Arabia
- Hassan Daoud, 180 Sunsets, Lebanon
- Sahar Khalifeh, Origin and Branch, Palestine
- Samir Qasimi, A Great Day to Die, Algeria
- Alawiya Sobh, It's Called Love, Lebanon
- Rosa Yaseen Hasan, The Guards of the Air, Syria
The shortlist was announced December 9, 2010, chosen from a total of 123 submissions and a longlist of 16. The winners were announced on March 14, 2011, the eve of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair. This marked the first time the award had been split, as well as the first female winner (Raja Alem).
- Mohammed Achaari, The Arch and the Butterfly, Morocco (co-winner)
- Raja Alem, The Doves’ Necklace, Saudi Arabia (co-winner)
- Khaled al-Berry, Middle Eastern Dance, Egypt
- Miral al-Tahawy, Brooklyn Heights, Egypt
- Amir Taj al-Sir, The Hunter of the Chrysalises, Sudan
- Bensalem Himmich, My Tormentor, Morocco
Also longlisted in 2011Edit
- Renée Hayek, A Short Life, Lebanon
- Fawwaz Haddad, God's Soldiers, Syria
- Fatin al-Murr, Common Sins, Lebanon
- Ibtisam Ibrahim Teresa, The Eye of the Sun, Syria
- Khairy Shalaby, Istasia, Egypt
- Maha Hassan, Umbilical Cord, Syria
- Maqbul Moussa al-Alawi, Turmoil in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
- Razan Naim al-Maghrabi, Women of Wind, Libya
- Waciny Laredj, The Andalucian House, Algeria
- Ali al-Muqri, The Handsome Jew, Yemen
A total of 101 submissions from 15 countries were whittled down to a longlist of 13. This list was announced in November 2011. The final shortlist of six books was revealed on January 11, 2012. The winner was announced March 27, 2012.
- Rabee Jaber, The Druze of Belgrade, Lebanon
- Jabbour Douaihy, The Vagrant, Lebanon
- Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Embrace on Brooklyn Bridge, Egypt
- Nasr Iraq, The Unemployed, Egypt
- Bashir Mufti, Toy of Fire, Algeria
- Habib Selmi, The Women of al-Basatin, Tunisia
Also longlisted in 2012Edit
- Fadi Azzam, Sarmada, Syria
- Rashid al-Daif, Paving the Sea, Lebanon
- Hawra al-Nadawi, Under the Copenhagen Sky, Iraq/Denmark
- Sharbel Qatan, Suitcases of Memory, Lebanon
- Mohamed al-Refai, Nocturnal Creatures of Sadness, Egypt
- Ibrahim al-Zaarur, The Amazing Journey of Khair al-Din ibn Zard, Jordan
- Youssef Ziedan, The Nabatean, Egypt
- Saud Alsanousi, The Bamboo Stick, Kuwait, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Sinan Antoon, Ava Maria, Iraq, Al-Jamal
- Jana Elhassan, I, She and Other Women, Lebanon, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Mohammed Hassan Alwan, The Beaver, Saudi Arabia, Dar al-Saqi
- Ibrahim Issa, Our Master, Egypt, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation
- Hussein Al-Wad, His Excellency the Minister, Tunisia, Dar al-Janub
Also longlisted in 2013Edit
- Ashraf El-Ashmawi, Toya, Egypt, Al-Dar al-Masriya al-Lubnaniya
- Hoda Barakat, The Kingdom of this Earth, Lebanon, Dar al-Adab
- Anwar Hamed, Jaffa Prepares Morning Coffee, Palestine, The Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing
- Rabee Jaber, The Birds of the Holiday Inn, Lebanon, Dar al-Tanwir
- Elias Khoury, Sinalkul, Lebanon, Dar al-Adab
- Waciny Laredj, Lolita’s Fingers, Algeria, Dar al-Adab
- Mohammed Abdel Nabi, The Return of the Sheikh, Egypt, Rawafid
- Ibrahim Nasrallah, Lanterns of the King of Galilee, Palestine/Jordan, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Muhsin al-Ramly, The President’s Gardens, Iraq, Thaqafa
- Amin Zaoui, The Goatherd, Algeria, Al-Ikhtilef
- Ahmed Saadawi, Frankenstein in Baghdad, Iraq, Al-Jamal
- Youssef Fadel, A Rare Blue Bird that Flies with Me, Morocco, Dar al-Adab
- Inaam Kachachi, Tashari, Iraq, Dar al-Jadid
- Khaled Khalifa, No Knives in this City's Kitchens, Syria, Dar al-Ain
- Abdelrahim Lahbibi, The Journeys of 'Abdi, Morocco, Africa East
- Ahmed Mourad, The Blue Elephant, Egypt, Dar al-Shorouq
Also longlisted in 2014Edit
- Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, Clouds Over Alexandria, Egypt, Dar al-Shorouq
- Badryah El-Bishr, Love Stories on al-Asha Street, Saudi Arabia, Dar al-Saqi
- Antoine Douaihy, The Bearer of the Purple Rose, Lebanon, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Amir Tag Elsir, 366, Sudan, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Ismail Ghazali, The Season of Pike Fishing, Morocco, Dar al-Ain
- Ismail Fahd Ismail, The Phoenix and the Faithful Friend, Kuwait, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Ashraf al-Khamaisi, God's Land of Exile, Egypt, Al-Hadara
- Waciny Laredj, Ashes of the East: The Wolf who Grew Up in the Wilderness, Algeria, Al-Jamal
- Ibrahim Nasrallah, The Edge of the Abyss, Jordan/Palestine, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Abdel Khaliq al-Rikabi, The Sad Night of Ali Baba, Iraq, The Arab Institute for Research and Publishing
- Shukri Mabkhout, The Italian, Tunisia
- Atef Abu Saif, A Suspended Life
- Jana ElHassan, Floor 99
- Lina Hawyan Elhassan, Diamonds and Women
- Hammour Ziada, The Longing of the Dervish
- Ahmed el-Madini, Willow Alley
Also longlisted in 2015Edit
- Antoine Douaihy, Drowning in Lake Morez
- Ashraf al-Khamaisi, Sharp Turning
- Mohammed Berrada, Far from Clamour, Close to Silence
- Hadia Hussein, Riyam and Kafa
- Abdel Wahab al-Hamadi, Don't Tell Your Nightmare!
- Hisham al-Khashin, Graphite
- Habib Abdulrab Sarori, The Daughter of Suslov
- Muna al-Sheemi, The Size of a Grape
- Jabbour Douaihy, The American Neighbourhood
- Maha Hassan, Female Voices
The longlist was announced on 12th January 2016. The winner was announced April 26, 2016.
- Rabai al-Madhoun, Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nakba, Palestine
- Mohamed Rabie, Mercury, Egypt
- Shahla Ujayli, A Sky Close to Our House, Syria
- Tareq Bakari, Numedia, Morocco
- Mahmoud Shukair, Praise for the Women of the Family, Palestine
- George Yaraq, The Guard of the Dead, Lebanon
Also longlisted in 2016Edit
- Taleb Alrefai, Here, Kuwait
- Laila al-Atrash, Hymns of Temptation, Palestine/Jordan
- Ibrahim Farghali, The Temple of Silken Fingers, Egypt
- Janan Jasim Halawi, People of the Palms, Iraq
- Mahmoud Hasan al-Jasim, Mariam's Journey, Syria
- Hazim Kamaledin, Desertified Waters, Iraq
- Abdennour Mezzine, Letters of the Storm, Morocco
- Ahmed Muhsin, Warsaw a Little While Ago, Lebanon
- Hamed al-Nazir, The Prophecy of Saqqa, Sudan
- Mohamed Mansi Qandil, The Black Brigade, Egypt
The winner was announced April 25, 2017.
- Mohammed Hasan Alwan, A Small Death
- Najwa Binshatwan, The Slave Pens
- Ismail Fahd Ismail, Al-Sabiliat
- Elias Khoury, Children of the Ghetto
- Mohammed Abdel Nabi, In the Spider's Room
- Saad Mohammed Raheem, The Bookseller’s Murder
Also longlisted in 2017Edit
- Yassin Adnan - Hot Maroc
- Sultan Al Ameemi - One Room Is Not Enough
- Amir Tag Elsir - The Witches' Resort
- Sinan Antoon - Index
- Ali Ghadeer - Swastika
- Zuheir al-Hiti - Days of Dust
- Abdul-Kareem Jouaity - The North Africans
- Taissier Khalaf - The Slaughter of the Philosophers
- Youssef Rakha - Paolo
- Renée Hayek - The Year of the Radio
The longlist was announced on January 17, 2018. The winner was announced April 24, 2018.
- Ibrahim Nasrallah - The Second War of the Dog
- Dima Wannous - The Frightened Ones
- Aziz Mohammed - The Critical Case of K
- Shahad Al Rawi - The Baghdad Clock
- Walid Shurafa - The Heir of the Tombstones
- Amir Tag Elsir - Flowers in Flames
Also longlisted in 2018Edit
- Antoine Douaihy, The Last Country, Lebanon, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Ahmad Abdulatif, The Earthen Fortress, Egypt, Dar al-Ain
- Hamed al-Nazir, The Black Peacock, Sudan, Medad
- Rasha Adly, Passion, Egypt, Arab Scientific Publishers
- Amin Zaoui, Leg Over Leg - in the Sighting of the Lovers' Crescent, Algeria, Al-Ikhtilef
- Fadi Azzam, Huddud's House, Syria, Dar al-Adab
- Amjad Nasser, Here is the Rose, Jordan, Dar al-Adab
- Atef Abu Saif, Christina, Palestine, Al Ahlia
- Hussein Yassin, Ali, the Story of an Honourable Man, Palestine, Dar al-Ru'aat
- Taleb al-Refai, Al-Najdi, Kuwait, That al-Salasil
- Hoda Barakat, The Night Mail, Lebanon - Dar al-Adab
- Adel Esmat, The Commandments, Egypt - Kotob Khan
- Inaam Kachachi, The Outcast, Iraq - Dar al-Jadid
- Mohammed Al-Maazuz, What Sin Caused Her to Die?, Morocco - Cultural Book Center
- Shahla Ujayli, Summer with the Enemy, Syria - Difaf Publishing
- Kafa Al-Zou'bi, Cold White Sun, Jordan - Dar al-Adab
Also longlisted in 2019Edit
- Mohammed Abi Samra, Women Without Trace, Lebanon, Riyad al-Rayyes
- Jalal Bargas, Women of the Five Senses, Jordan, Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing
- Mbarek Rabi, Western Mediterranean, Morocco, Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing
- Omaima Abdullah Al-Khamis, Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate, Saudi Arabia, Dar Al Saqi
- Iman Yehia, The Mexican Wife, Egypt, Dar al-Shorouk
- Maysalun Hadi, Mohammed's Brothers, Iraq, Dar al-Dhakira
- Habib Sayah, Me and Haim, Algeria, Dar Mim
- May Menassa, I Killed My Mother in Order to Live, Lebanon, Riyad al-Rayyes
- Haji Jaber, Black Foam, Eritrea, Dar Tanweer (Lebanon)
- Waciny Laredj, May — the Nights of Isis Copia, Algeria, Dar al-Adab
The judges since 2008 are listed below:
- Chair: Charafdin Majdolin, Moroccan critic and academic
- Fowziya Abu Khalid, Saudi Arabian poet, writer, academic and researcher i social and political issues
- Zulaikha Aburisha, Jordanian poet and activist
- Latif Zeitouni, Lebanese academic and literary critic
- Zhang Hong Yi, Chinese translator and researcher
The following authors have been longlisted multiple times:
- Thrice - Ibrahim Nasrallah, Jabbour Douaihy, Rabee Jaber, Waciny Laredj
- Twice - Ali al-Muqri, Ali Bader, Amir Tag Elsir, Antoine Douaihy, Ashraf al-Khamaisi, Bensalem Himmich, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Fawwaz Haddad, Habib Selmi, Inaam Kachachi, Jana ElHassan, Khaled Khalifa, Maha Hassan, Muhsin al-Ramly, Renée Hayek, Youssef Ziedan
114 novels have been longlisted in the first nine years.
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