The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation has announced that it has received 1784 nominations in total for the 16th session of Al Owais Cultural Awards (2018-2019) in all its categories.
Moreover, the Foundation announced that the number of candidates nominated in each of the categories is as follows: Poetry 304, Short Story, Novel and Drama 436, Literary Studies and Criticism 276, Humanities and Future Studies 480, Cultural and Scientific Achievement 249. It is worth mentioning that the Foundations had closed nominations for the current session of Al Owais Cultural Award on December 31st, 2018.
The Sultan Bin Ali Al Owais Cultural Foundation had been accepting nominations for the 16th session of Al Owais Cultural Awards (2018-2019) since February 2018. The Foundation had sent nomination forms to most universities, academies, cultural institutions, literary associations and societies throughout the Arab world.
According to the rules and regulations of the Al Owais Awards, innovators can nominate themselves for the Awards by directly applying to the General Secretariat. In addition, 5 Arab authors are entitled to nominate whomever they see deserves this award. The total value of the award is $600,000, while the winner in each of the following categories receives $120,000: Poetry, Short Story, Novel and Drama, Literary Studies and Criticism, Humanities and Future Studies, and Cultural and Scientific Achievement.
Winners of the previous session of Al Owais Cultural Awards included Lebanese poet Shawqi Bazi who won the “Poetry Award”, while the “Short Story, Novel and Drama” prize was jointly won by Huda Barakat and Abdul Khaliq Al Rikabi. Moreover, the “Literary Studies and Criticism” prize was awarded to Dr. Hammadi Sammoud, the “Humanities and Future Studies” prize went to Dr. Georges Corm and the “Cultural and Scientific Achievement Award” was won by the United Arab Emirates University.