"This was how our district received the first reports: a thrill of delicious fear swapped on from mouth to mouth, from house to house."
The four shortlisted stories, read by author or translator.
The four pairs that made the shortlist of the 2018 ArabLit Story Prize are: Palestinian writer Maya Abu-Alhayyat with translator Riham Adly; Egyptian writer Mohammad Abdelnabi with translator Robin Moger; Syrian author Rasha Abbas with translator Fatima El-Kalay; and Saudi novelist Raja Alem with translator Rana Ghuloom.
The ArabLit Story Prize has hit full funding and is set to open for submissions on February 15, 2018.
There will be no fee for entries.