International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF)

124 Novels in the Running for 2018 International Prize for Arabic Fiction

“Thirty of this year’s submissions — about a quarter — were books by women, which is roughly similar to past years.”

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IPAF Judge Sophia Vasalou on the 2017 Panel’s Criteria, Advice to Future Judges, and ‘Obligatory Sex Scenes’

“Reading a single good novel at a leisurely pace can be a pleasurable experience, but your work as judge involves consuming a non-optional slew of novels of dubious quality at breakneck speed, so it’s a very different experience altogether. But it is also stimulating, intense, and enriching, as you realise particularly when the curtain of the experience begins to fall.”