Cultural Village Foundation-Katara inaugurated the second edition of Katara Prize for the Arabic novel on Monday in an effort aiming at adding value to the Arab novel scene, as the event hosts a variety of literary activities to be culminated with announcing the second edition winners of the high-profile Katara prize of Arabic novel.

HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti, General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, said:

Over a short period of time, Katara prize for Arabic novel has become a highly-reputed and recognised platform where Arab creative writers and intellectuals meet, share experiences and get their works celebrated.’

Katara’s General Manager pointed out that the astounding number of submissions during this edition of the Prize has exceeded all expectations with 1004 entries, which was split into three major categories: unpublished novels received 732 works, published novels received 234 works, while literary criticism studies have received 38 papers.

HE Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti noted that these outstanding contributions come from a vast literary geography that covers the whole Arab world, emphasising that the Katara Arab Novel Prize is for all Arabs.

Katara has received 375 submissions from Egypt and Sudan, 260 submissions from Iraq and the Levant, 257 submissions from northern Arab-African countries, 105 submissions from the GCC countries and Yemen and seven submissions from non-Arab countries.

The event initiated with holding a signing ceremony in which the awarded novelists of last year’s edition signed their novels that have been translated to English and French, representing the published and the unpublished categories.

On the side line of the event that will conclude on the 12th of this month with holding an honouring ceremony for the awarded novelists, three exhibitions of: Youth Novel, Pens’ Collectibles and Naguib Mahfouz exhibition were inaugurated after the opening ceremony in buildings 18 and 19.

Last year’s award of the unpublished categories were grabbed by: Abdeljalil Ouazani Touhami (A Woman in the shadow), Jalal Barges (Snakes of Fire), Mayslon Hadi (Throne and Stream), Zakarya Abo Maryah (Psalms of Departure and return), and Sameh Al-Jabas (An old rope and a tight knot).

While the winners of Katara prize for Arabic novel 2015 for published novels have also signed their novels during the opening ceremony of the literary grand event. The singed published novels comprised: Muneera Swar (Jaria), Waciny Laredj (Butterfly Kingdom), Amir Tag El-Sir (366), Nasra Al Sadoon (Escaping The Vortex), and Ibrahim Abdel Meguid (Adagio).

The sustained literary initiative of Katara Prize for Arabic novel is distinguished for the amazing quantity of participants and entries including a diverse range of both published and unpublished novels, as well as research studies. The Prize has a comprehensive approach as it publishes, translates and turns novels into drama works, exceeding the limits and reaching out to the cultural investment era and market.

The categories of the second edition of Katara Prize for the Arabic novel 2016, comprises; the top five published submissions from the first category will each be awarded US$60,000 totalling US$300,000. The top five unpublished submissions from the second category will each be awarded US$30,000 totalling US$150,000.

The top five unpublished studies from the third research, evaluation and literary criticism category will each be awarded US$15,000 totalling US$75,000. While, the top five unpublished young-adult novels from the fourth category will each be awarded US$10,000 totalling US$50,000.

It’s noteworthy that the Cultural Village Foundation- Katara has announced that deadline for receiving entries to the Katara Third edition of the Arab Novel Prize will be on 31 December 2016 and no participation will be accepted after that date.

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