The International Prize for Arabic Fiction for Arab Writers with Award of up to $60,000

Date limite : 31 août 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

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The International Prize for Arabic Fiction for Arab Writers with Award of up to $60,000

The International Prize  for Arabic Fiction is delighted to announce that submissions will open for the 14th edition of the prize on Friday 1 May 2020. Eligible novels must be written in Arabic and have been published for the first time between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020.

Rules of Submission:-

  • IPAF is dedicated to literary novels. Books of short stories or collections of poetry are not eligible.

  • Electronic books are not eligible.

  • Authors cannot submit their own work: submissions are to be made by eligible publishers but this must be done in consultation with the authors.

  • An eligible publisher is one who has been in business at least 2 years and who is an active publisher with a catalogue or list of its fiction titles demonstrating its activity and which is publicly available.

  • The number of novels an eligible publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2016 to 2020, as follows:

    • 1 submission – publishers with no longlisting

    • 2 submissions – publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)

    • 3 submissions – publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings

    • 4 submissions – publishers with 5 or more longlistings

  • Self-published novels or novels which have been published via a commercial arrangement through which the publisher is paid by the author are not eligible. If the publisher is a company then if the novel is by the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company it is not eligible.
  • The novel must be published between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020
  • The novel must be written in Arabic: Arabic translations of a book originally written in any other language are not eligible
  • Authors must be living at the time of the award
  • Only one novel is accepted per author, and manuscripts are not eligible
  • Every novel submitted must have an ISBN number
  • A novel which has first been published in entirety in installments (in print or online) before July 2019 is not eligible. This prohibition applies to any type of publishing or publication
  • The novel must respect publishing rights and copyrights of the Arab country where it has been published and any novel which is published without the permission of the original author and/or publisher is not eligible.
  • If a publisher submits a novel by an author who has previously been shortlisted for the Prize, this work will not be counted in the publisher’s submissions quota, that is, it is accepted automatically and in addition to the works which the publisher is otherwise allowed to submit.


The six shortlisted authors receive $10,000 US Dollars each, and the winner receives an additional $50,000 US Dollars.

About IPAF:-

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. 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. In addition to the Prize itself, IPAF supports other literary initiatives. In 2009 IPAF launched its inaugural Nadwa (writers’ workshop) for emerging writers of fiction in Arabic. The annual International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is given to a novel in Arabic which IPAF's judges consider to be the best of that year. The Prize is a trailblazer in the Arab world in its commitment to the independence, transparency and integrity of its judging process.

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