Submissions to 2019 ArabLit Story Prize Open at Midnight

Submissions to the 2019 ArabLit Story Prize will open as we cross the threshold between March 14 and 15:

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 Translators must have rights to the work, and translations must be previously unpublished.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

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: Do not put author or translator’s name on the attached story, either in English or Arabic. If you put your name on the work, it may be disqualified.

Questions about submissions can be sent to

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.

Submissions will be taken through Submittable, not via email.