2018 ArabLit Story Prize

Submissions to the 2019 Story Prize will open on March 15, 2019 and will close May 15, 2019. Judges will be announced in early May, and the shortlist will be announced in September 2019.

The winner for the 2018 prize has been announced. Thanks to everyone who pitched in and supported the prize. We’ll see you all next year!


The ArabLit Story Prize is an award for the best short stories, in any genre, newly translated from Arabic into English. Translators must have rights to the work, and translations must have been previously unpublished.

Stories will be judged primarily on the quality of the translated work as a thing-in-itself, although translators must also submit the Arabic original, as this must be a translation, not a loose adaptation nor a work written originally in English.

Submissions address: prize@arablit.org.

Submission materials must include: 1) Cover letter with the name of author, translator, story, and length. 2) The story in translation, rendered as 3000 words or fewer in English, attached as a Word document. 3) The story in the original Arabic, preferably in the same Word document. 4) Some evidence you have the rights to translate and publish this story, such as an email from the author or a scanned note.

Note: It is preferable that you do not put author or translator’s name on the attached works. In any case, names will be stripped off before they are sent to judges.

Questions about submissions can be sent to info@arablit.org or prize@arablit.org.

The prize: $500 to the winner, split between author and translator. Shortlisted stories will have the opportunity to be published in the ArabLit Quarterly as well as a future anthology.

Thanks to everyone who has made this happen: gh, Sophia Brown, Iain McCoy, Sonali Pahwa, Niamh McBurney, Andy Smart, Mark Marroquin, Ben Koerber, Christopher Stone, Erin Twohig, Zora O’Neill, Nadine, Andrew Leber, Shan Chakraborty, Sherine Elbanhawy, Shawkat Toorawa, Rachel Daum, Betty Rosen, Johanna Sellman, Daniel Hahn, Maan Abu Taleb, Perween Richards, Leri Price, Judith Naeff, Dean Kloker, Jonathan Wright, Norbert Hirschhorn, Levi Thompson, Tami Chapnik, Kevin Riordan, Joy Garnett, Susan Kang, Hilary Plum, Alexander, Samah Selim, Joseph Farag, Susan Harris, Siwar Masannat, Hosam, Dima Ayoub, Elliott Colla, Guy Gunaratne, Rebekah Maggor, Alex Zucker, Yasmine Seale, M Litvin, Eva Martín, Scott A Wahl, and Thoraya El Rayyes.