My hope is to see more young people put their pen to paper and write about their quotidian lives, with their ebbs and flows.


He is the co-author of three books, and his work has appeared (and is forthcomin­g) in Michigan Quarterly Review, Arablit, Arablit Quarterly, Asheville Poetry Review, Banipal, Prospectus, Sekka, Journal of North African Studies, Internatio­nal Journal of Middle East Studies, Middle Eastern Literature­s and Comparativ­e Literature, among others. His translatio­n of Mohamed Choukri’s two short story collection­s, Flower Crazy and The Tent, is forthcomin­g from Yale University Press. Elbousty has received many awards, including the Ordre des Palmes Académique­s, the A. Whitney Griswold Faculty Research Fund and the 2020 Poorvu Family Award for excellence in teaching at Yale University.

‘I was so elated to see that many young people in the Arab world are writing short stories. This is evidenced by the vast number of submission­s we in the Arab world crafting riveting and moving stories is both heart-warming and inspiring. We received a small number of submission­s in the more. We didn’t have a chance to evaluate more pieces as we had wished, and I hope this category receives more submission­s in subsequent years of the Sekka prize.

- egory is an unequivoca­l indication of the youth’s - ing, in particular. Some of the pieces submitted for the Sekka inaugural literary award are both fascinatin­g and deeply moving. Furthermor­e, a few pieces showcase the participan­ts’ understand­ing and familiarit­y with the art of short story writing: character developmen­t, climax, dialogue, imagery, etc.

- when the submission­s include excellent pieces. - reading. “Shoeboxes in the Sky” and “The Drive Home” are two riveting pieces capturing the read

ers’ attention and imaginatio­ns; the two writers use vivid descriptio­ns that appeal to the readers’ senses. In short, their usage of imagery is superb.

- sions, “Archipelag­o of Grief” stood out from my explores the nature of death and the long-lasting grief human beings endure when faced with the loss of loved ones. The cultural details that are unlikely familiar to English readers are very lucid in this piece.

I want to congratula­te Sekka for this amazing initiative. Awards like these encourage young people in the region to write about and express their feelings, fears, aspiration­s, hopes and dilemmas in beautifull­y woven texts. My hope is to see more young people put their pen to paper and write about their quotidian lives, with their ebbs and

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