Anna Lindh Foundation Announces New Award for Arabic Children’s Literature

The pioneering Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s literature is not yet two years old, and now the Anna Lindh Foundation has announced its own regional prize for best new unpublished Arabic children’s literature, with a focus on preshoolers (0-5) and YA.

The award is called the “Reading Here, There, and Everywhere Award.”

Submissions close on October 15, 2010, and publishers from five test countries—Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria—are invited to submit to this new annual award. Books should be ready for release in the winter of 2010-2011.

Winners will be honored in a public ceremony, and winning authors and illustrators will receive 1,000 Euros each, while publishers also get 2,000 Euros. That’s not huge, compared with the Etisalat prize, but the prize also includes a regional promotion campaign for the book (or books?). ISA it’s a serious promotional campaign.

According to the Anna Lindh Foundation and its subsidiary organization, the Arabic Children’s Literature Regional Programme, the jury will select a maximum of five winning books. Winners should be announced before December 15, 2010.

For more information on how to submit for the award, contact: children.literature@bibalex.org. You can download the call for publishers here.

I hope all publishers in the five text countries have seen this. Again:

الدعوة موجهة من اليوم وحتى 15 أكتوبر 2010 لناشري كتب الأطفال في مصر, الأردن, فلسطين, لبنان وسوريا لتقديم كتبهم الصادرة باللغة العربية والحصول على فرصة لنيل التقدير على الصعيد الوطني والإقليمي.
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