Submissions deadline approaches for Sheikh Zayed Book Awards

News - Prizes Wednesday, 1st September 2021

'Prix Goncourt of the Arab World’ recognizes the work of writers, translators and publishers in advancing Arab literature: main prizes worth £160,000 - £196,000

Submissions are currently open for the 16th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious and lucrative literary prizes.  The Award, which Le Monde has called the ‘Prix Goncourt of the Arab World’, recognizes the work of writers, translators, researchers, academics and publishers in advancing Arab literature and culture across nine categories.  The main prize winners receive 750,000 UAE Dirhams (£160,000 / $200,000), with the Cultural Personality of the Year receiving 1,000,000 UAE Dirhams (£196,000 / $272,000).

More information about individual categories is available on the Sheikh Zayed Book Award website at  

Authors, publishers, and translators of any nationality can make submissions, which are welcomed from all countries in Arabic and other languages.  Works must be written in Arabic, except for works nominated for the Translation category (translated either to or from Arabic) and works nominated for the category Arabic Culture in Other Languages, which accepts works in English, German, French, Italian, Russian and Spanish.  To register and submit online, visit the SZBA submissions website

For an interview with Rasha al Ameer, founder of Dar Al Jadeed, a company which won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award Publishing and Technology Award in 2021, please see here.