Organizers of the Kuwait-based Almultaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story announced their shortlist this morning:
Chair of this year’s jury, Kuwaiti critic Suad Alenzi, said, in a prepared release, that members of the jury were in agreement about the five-book shortlist.
The shortlisted collections are:
The Invention of Pain, by Algerian writer Mohammed Jaafar
Kunkaan, by Iraqi writer Saad Mohammed Raheem
There are No Windmills in Basra, by Iraqi writer Diaa Jubaili
A Haven for Absence, by Egyptian novelist and short-story writer Mansoura Ez-Eldin
Are You Buying My Clothes, by Saudi poet and short-story writer Balqis al-Melhem
Dr. Alenzi added, in the release, that the collections were dominated by war and its effects, particularly in the work of Saad Mohammed Raheem, Diaa Jubaili, and Balqis al-Melhem.
Judges are expected to announce the winner on December 3, in Kuwait. The winner takes $20,000, while each author on the shortlist receives $5,000.
More about each of the shortlisted books at Almultaqa’s website.