There are seven language pairs in play, with each winner earning $100,000 or $200,000.
"Every year, we have been publishing about 60 novels under the Katara Novels project plus other books on Qatari history, culture, heritage and traditions. We wanted to bring all these under one umbrella to make publishing more professional and systematic."
According to the Sheikh Hamad Award website, $200,000 is awarded in each category. In each, there is a first prize ($100,000), a second ($60,000), and a third ($40,000).
Qatari poet Muhammad al-Ajami -- who was the target of an international solidarity movement because of his 15-year prison sentence -- has been pardoned, according to the UN's Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights: Al Ajami’s release reportedly came through "intercession of Khalid Bin Rakan Al Ajami, the chief of the tribe of which … Continue reading Qatari Poet Muhammad Al Ajami, Serving 15-year Sentence, Pardoned by Emir
"Your participation in this conference, however limited, will grant legitimacy to the same family that has unjustly imprisoned Muhammad Al-Ajami."
That's up from a reported 220 entries last year.
"HBKU will continue, according to the press, to publish children's books and novels, as well as academic and educational texts, both in Arabic and in English."
"First prize in the Arabic to English category went to Library of Arabic Literature translators Geert Jan van Gelder and Gregor Schoeler for their work on the Epistle of Forgiveness by al-Ma`arrī."
"This second novel overburdens the reader with, it seems, every last bit of research about the fifteenth century al-Mahmoud did in order to assemble it."
"[T]he penalty imposed on Mr. al-Ajami is disproportionate and amounts to political censorship to art and expression."
If the money that was given away for the Katara Novel Award was "available to grant-making institutions in Egypt, the sum would be enough for 100 financially viable awards."
On February 27 in London, poets from around the world will gather in support of imprisoned Qatari poet Mohammad al-Ajami, who is currently serving a 15-year sentence for his work.