This year’s prize, the first ever, is being judged by novelist Ma’n Abu Taleb, translator Thoraya El Rayyes, and novelist Ruqaya Izzidien; the winner is set to be announced October 15.
In no particular order:
Rasha Abbas’s “How to Swim the Backstroke with a Shilka Missile,” translated and read by Fatima El-Kalay:
Muhammad Abdelnabi’s “Our Story,” translated and read by Robin Moger:
Raja Alem’s “The Boa”, translated and read by Rana Ghuloom:
Maya Abu-Alhayyat’s “Kharandia,” here read by the author because of a permissions mix-up with Riham Adly’s English translation:
Each shortlisted story wins $50, with an additional $200 for the winner.