The second edition of the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature is now closed for entries, the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) announced.
The winner of the prize will be announced in October, on the sidelines of the Sharjah International Book Fair.
Prize Coordinator Marwa Al Aqroubi said the jury will soon begin evaluating the hundreds of books that were submitted in order to nominate the shortlist of winners and select the winning titles. She also noted that organizers had received 56% more entries this year than last year.
Who submitted? According to Al Aqroubi, the highest number of entries was submitted by publishing houses in Egypt, accounting for 35% of this year’s total applications. Egypt was followed followed by Jordan, 17%, Syria, with 16%, and the UAE, 10%.
The 1 million AED prize will be divided amongst the winning publisher (50%), and writer and illustrator, who will receive the remaining 50% divided as per the jury’s decision.
Last year, the prize was shared by Lebanon-based publisher Dar Al Hadaeq, author Nabiha Muhaidali and illustrator Nadeen Saidani for the book Ana Aheb (I Love).
I look forward to seeing the shortlist, and hope to see those books and authors travel around the region!