According to organizers, 209 eligible collections were submitted to the prize, with the most (80) coming from Egypt.
“His stench has reached my palace,” the king said with disgust. “Why have you still not buried him?”
The relatively new "Short Story Project" has already published several translations from Arabic, including works by Jan Dost, Waciny Laredj, and Alaa Hlehel.
"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."
Dad comes home holding a little plastic portion of jam like the ones they give the patients in the hospital where he works. He holds it up in the air and says, ‘See the jam?’
According to the judges, the 'No Windmills in Basra' combined realism and fantasy in its often satiric depictions of war that includes stories set during "the Iraq-Iran war, the Gulf War, and the waves of extremism that engulf Iraq to this day."
The ten-story collection is set to feature work by Cairene literary stylists Hassan Abdel-Mawgoud, Eman Abd El-Rahim, Nael el-Toukhy, Areej Gammal, Hatem Hafez, Hend Jaafar, Nahla Karam, Mohammed Kheir, Ahmed Naji, and Mohamed Salah El Azab.
Qudsi noted that, "You find nearly a dozen Malayalam publishers in the international book exhibition centers of Sharjah and Abu Dhabi." He said he has "no doubt that Malayalam bookselling [finds] a profitable market in the Gulf book fairs."
"According to the release, the five-person jury, chaired by Kuwaiti critic Suad Alenzi, considered 197 short-story collections from around the world."
Hisham Bustani -- an award-winning Jordanian short-story author -- is one of the few practitioners of Arabic short stories who has been widely translated and published in non-specialized English-language literary magazines.
For #WITMonth, ten short stories by women, translated from Arabic to English, by writers from Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Palestine, and Jordan.
This is a reminder that there is no minimum word count, and that flash and microfiction are particularly welcome.