The longlist of the 2016 International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is set to be revealed today, January 12 2016, between 9 and 10 a.m. GMT:

IPAFThe longlist will consist¬†of up to¬†16 novels, chosen from the 159 entries we’re told came in from 18 countries. The longlist has been¬†selected by a panel of five judges;¬†their names will be announced when the shortlist is revealed in Muscat, Oman, on¬†February 9 of this year.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Abu Dhabi, on April 26, on the eve of the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, currently set for April 27 through May 3.

According to a notice on the IPAF website, “38 (24%) of the novels submitted for this year were by female writers and 49 (31%) of the authors were under 40, figures representing steady overall increases since the prize began. A total of 82 publishers submitted books for the prize.”

Strong contenders for this year’s longlist include¬†former IPAF nadwa participant¬†Mohamed Rabie‚Äôs Otared,¬†former IPAF shortlistee¬†Mohamed Mansi Qandil with his¬†The Black Battalion,¬†and celebrated novelist Hanan al-Shaykh’s¬†Virgins of Londonistan.¬†

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