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Announcement of 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction Winner to be Made Digitally on April 14

The winner of the 2020 edition of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) will be announced on 12 noon (GMT) / 3pm (UAE local time) on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

The announcement, which will be made digitally via a special video announcement hosted on the IPAF website, will also include speeches and comments from the IPAF team who run the prize, this year’s Chair of Judges Muhsin Al-Musawi, and the winning author.

Organizers had announced earlier that there will not be an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi for this year’s edition of the award.

It is worth mentioning that the 2020 shortlist includes the following titles: ‘Hatab Sarajevo’ (Firewood of Sarajevo) by Algerian author Said Khatibi; ‘Malik Al Hind’ (The King of India) by Lebanese author Jabbour Douaihy; ‘Al Hai Al Rousy’ (The Russian Quarter) by Syrian author Khalil Alrez; ‘Fardeqan’ by Egyptian author Youssef Ziedan; ‘Al Diwan Al Asbarti’ (The Spartan Court) by Algerian author Abdelouahab Aissaoui and ‘Al Tanki’ (The Tank) by Iraqi author Alia Mamdouh.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is considered one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the Arab world. It is given to a novel in Arabic which IPAF’s judges consider to be the best of that year. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other major languages.

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