The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, the Montegrappa Writing Prize, is now open for 2020. The competition has a proven track record in finding new writing talent, producing eight published authors in the last six years and although a publishing deal isn’t guaranteed, it is recognised as one of the most significant ways for writers in the region to get their work noticed.
Social media made a lot more people interested in poetry. Around 1.3 million poetry books were sold last year, a 12-percent increase over the previous year, its figures show.
Dr Abdulaziz Al-Sabeel, Secretary General of the King Faisal International Prize, invited trustees and prominent figures who are members of the Arab Awards Forum to take part in the event in Saudi Arabia.
The 13th edition of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award has announced the winners for 2018/19, with five international authors and an Arab research centre honoured for their exceptional literary and intellectual publications. The Award is presented annually to outstanding writers, intellectuals and publishers, and emerging talents whose writing and translation in the humanities field enriches Arab intellectual, cultural, literary and social life.