One More Week to Submit for This Year’s Etisalat Prize!

Last year's judges

There’s no time to waste: August 31 is the deadline for submitting of applications for the 3rd annual Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature.

The winner will be announced in November, at the opening of the 30th Sharjah International Book Fair.

The AED1 million prize—one of the largest single-book prizes in the world—is given each year to the best Arabic children’s book, with 50 percent of the money going to the winning publisher, and the remaining 50 percent being divided between the author and illustrator.

Last year’s winner, of course, was Walid Taher’s brilliant النقطة السوداء , one of my eight-year-old’s all-time favorites.

In a news release, award coordinator Marwa Al Aqroubi said that that “the objectives of the award are to improve the quality of books published for children, support the publisher and expand cooperation and joint work towards developing cultural awareness amongst these publishers.”

Entry is open to children’s books that target the age group from 0 to 14 years, and each publishing house is entitled to nominate a maximum of three titles.

Good luck to everyone!

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