"It’s wonderful to be publishing writers like Adam El Shalakany from Egypt, who has entered the SSDA Prize in the past but has never been placed. His story “Happy City Hotel” was one of the unanimous decisions, of which there were only six out of the twenty-one."
A three-book shortlist is set to be announced on Feb. 18.
Yesterday, PEN America announced the longlists for its 2019 literary awards.
"No Arabic books made the longlists for the 2018 National Translation Awards (NTA) in Poetry and Prose, organized by the American Literary Translators Association."
"It is a sort of world literature where the world is tightly focused on how the literary arts -- mostly the novel -- lives and breathes in Swedish and English, and, to a lesser extent, French."
Also for the first time this year, the majority of winning titles are by women. These include books by Sudanese writer Rania Mamoun and Syrian Dima Wannous.
The award is fan-selected, and, according to organizers, "Everyone who casts a vote is entered into a prize draw to win all the titles in the award."
Winning authors receive a 10,000 euro prize.
The winner of the 2018 prize is set to be announced May 22 in London. Each year, the winning team's £50,000 prize is divided equally between author and translator(s).
The finalists for both the fiction and poetry awards will be announced on Tuesday, May 15, with the winners set to be announced on Thursday, May 31.
There will be two awards: one for a debut work, and the other for an established author in the genre of speculative fiction. Each award winner will receive $5,000.
The shortlist of six books will be announced on April 12 at an event in London, with the winner set to be announced on May 22.