Sheikh Zayed Book Award invites submissions for its 17th edition

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) has opened submissions for its 17th edition, which will close on 1st October, 2022.

This announcement follows the success of the 16th edition, which received the largest number of submissions across its nine categories since its inception, with more than 3,000 submissions from 55 countries, including 20 Arab countries and 35 international countries – an increase of 28 percent from the 15th edition.

The SZBA classifies submissions into nine categories: Literature, Translation, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Children’s Literature, Literary and Art Criticism, Young Author, Publishing and Technology, and Cultural Personality of the Year. 

The award receives self-nominations from authors, as well as submissions from publishing houses, which can nominate books they have published with written consent from the authors. Nominated works must meet a set of criteria to be submitted for consideration for the SZBA. 

All nominated works must have been published within the past two years and must not have won any prominent international awards. Original nominated works should be written in Arabic, except those nominated under the Translation category, which must be translated into or from Arabic, and submissions under the Arab Culture in Other Languages category, where works published in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish and Russian are accepted.

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