Seven women among contenders shortlisted for literary prize

December 12, 2010
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Seven women are among the 16 contenders shortlisted for the
International Prize for the Arabic Fiction 2011 (IPAF) award, one of the most important literary events in the Arab world.

The shortlisted candidates were announced by the award’s panel of judges during  an event held at the central library of the Qatar Foundation (QF) in Doha.

The panel whittled down the short list to 16 from a total of 23 entries from 17
countries across the Arab world.

However, the list also included an entry from Afghanistan for the first time in
the history of the award, Qatari daily Qatar Tribune reported.

The highest number of submissions came from Egypt.

“This is an objective neutral international award,” Jonathan Taylor, the award’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said. “The real value of each novel is the sole fact adopted by the panel in selecting the contenders. There is no  discrimination either against ethic or gender.”

He said female writers submitted 29 per cent of the works, compared with 16 per  cent of the female works submitted last year.

The panel consists of 40 judges from Iraq, Bahrain, Italy, Jordan and Morocco specialised in Arabic literature.

The 2011 short listed novels included The Arch and the Butterfly by Mohammed al
Achaari, The Dove’s Necklace by Raja Alem, The Hunter of the Chrysalises by Amir
Taj Al Sir, My Tormentor by Ben Salem Himmich, Brooklyn Heights by Miral Al
Tahawy and An Oriental Dance by Khalid Al Bari.

The international prize for Arabic fiction is awarded for prose fiction in Arabic and each of the six shortlisted finalists receives $ 10.000. The winner gets an additional $50.000.

The award, which was launched in Abu Dhabi, in April 2007, is supported by
Booker Prize Foundation and the Emirate Foundation for Philanthropy.

The winner of the international prize for the Arabic fiction 2011 will be
announced at the awards ceremony to be held in Abu Dhabi on March 14.

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