International Prize for Arabic Fiction
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|International Prize for Arabic Fiction|
|Awarded for||Best novel published in Arabic|
|Presented by||Emirates Foundation|
|Currently held by||Mohammed Achaari and Raja Alem|
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) 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.
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.
- 1 Rules and entry
- 2 Trustees
- 3 Winners and nominees
- 4 Judges
- 5 Statistics
- 6 IPAF Nadwa
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Rules and entry
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 nominees
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 2009
- 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 2010
- 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 2011
- 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 2012
- 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 2013
- 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 2014
- 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
The judges since 2008 are listed below:
The following authors have been longlisted multiple times:
- Thrice - Ibrahim Nasrallah, Rabee Jaber, Waciny Laredj
- Twice - Ali al-Muqri, Ali Bader, Amir Tag Elsir, Bensalem Himmich, Ezzedine Choukri Fishere, Fawwaz Haddad, Habib Selmi, Inaam Kachachi, Jabbour Douaihy, Khaled Khalifa, Muhsin al-Ramly, Renée Hayek, Youssef Ziedan
98 novels have been longlisted in the first seven years.
- For details of the annual writers' workshop, see International Prize for Arabic Fiction Nadwa.
- Rules and submissions for IPAF
- 2011 Shortlist announced
- The Guardian – 2011 winners
- "The Druze of Belgrade by Rabee Jaber wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2012", IPAF website, March 27, 2012.
- Joshua Farrington (6 December 2012). "International Prize for Arabic Fiction longlist". The Bookseller. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
- Joshua Farrington (9 January 2013). "Shortlist for International Prize for Arabic Fiction". The Bookseller. Retrieved January 10, 2013.
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- Benedicte Page (24 April 2013). "Saud Alsanousi wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction". The Bookseller. Retrieved April 23, 2013.
- "2014 longlist". International Prize for Arabic Fiction. 7 January 2014. Retrieved January 8, 2014.
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- Randa El-Banna (April 30, 2014). "Saadawy wins International Prize for Arabic Fiction in 2014". The Cairo Post. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- Dennis Abrams (April 30, 2014). ""Frankenstein in Baghdad" Wins the 2014 Arabic Booker Prize". Publishing Perspectives. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- "Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi wins 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction". International Prize for Arabic Fiction. 29 April 2014. Retrieved April 30, 2014.
- "2015 Longlist". arabicfiction.org. March 18, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
- "2015 shortlist". arabicfiction.org. February 13, 2015. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
- M Lynx Qualey (May 6, 2015). "Tunisian novel wins ‘Arabic Booker’ in Abu Dhabi despite UAE ban". The Guardian. Retrieved May 7, 2015.
- International Prize for Arabic Fiction, official multi-lingual site.
- "Arab 'Booker' stirs up passion", by George Walden, The Jerusalem Post, Mar 12, 2008
- "Prize to rekindle Arabic fiction", by Simeon Kerr, Financial Times, March 11, 2008
- "Award cycle: Ipaf draws in writers while readers simply lap up winners", The Gulf Today, November 9, 2013