First cy­cle of Al-Mul­taqa Ara­bic Short Story Prize an­nounced

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The Al-Mul­taqa Ara­bic Short Story Prize jury an­nounced the 2016 short­listed au­thors. The 5 Al-Mul­taqa nom­i­nees are:

‘Asal Al Nun’ by Mo­hamed Rafie from Egypt

Chair of the jury, Ahmed Al-Madeeni re­marked on the tremen­dous amount of in­ter­est from Arab writ­ers and pub­lish­ers in the first cy­cle of the Al-Mul­taqa Prize. Sub­mis­sions in­cluded a to­tal of 189 short story col­lec­tions from var­i­ous Arab re­gions that fea­tured a va­ri­ety of styles and tech­niques for the genre. Au­thors showed their in­di­vid­u­al­ity in each col­lec­tion by their de­scrip­tive back­drops and use of lo­cal col­lo­qui­alisms.

Al-Madeeni also an­nounced the award cer­e­mony for the Prize win­ner will be held on 5 De­cem­ber, 2016. The cer­e­mony will be hosted by the Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Kuwait, with the at­ten­dance of many au­thors, crit­ics, trans­la­tors and pub­lish­ers from around the world. In ad­di­tion, the di­rec­tor of In­sti­tute Du Monde Arabe- an in­sti­tute ded­i­cated to pro­mot­ing Ara­bic cul­ture and lit­er­a­ture- will also be in at­ten­dance, along with ad­min­is­tra­tors of var­i­ous Ara­bic writ­ing com­pe­ti­tions. Each of the 5 short­listed au­thors will re­ceive $5000; while the win­ner will re­ceive $20,000, and have the win­ning col­lec­tion trans­lated to English for fur­ther pub­li­ca­tion.

The Amer­i­can Univer­sity of Kuwait (AUK) is an in­de­pen­dent, pri­vate, equal op­por­tu­nity, and co-ed­u­ca­tional lib­eral arts in­sti­tu­tion of higher ed­u­ca­tion. The ed­u­ca­tional, cul­tural and ad­min­is­tra­tive struc­ture, meth­ods and stan­dards of AUK are based on the Amer­i­can model of higher learn­ing.

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