The Emirates Airline Festival of Literature’s prestigious competition to discover unpublished novelists, the Montegrappa Writing Prize, is now open for 2020.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.
Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk won the 2018 Nobel Literature Prize while Austrian novelist and playwright Peter Handke took the 2019 award.
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 legacy of Islamic Cairo's most famous son Naguib Mahfouz lives on in its winding lanes 21 years after he became the only Arab to win the Nobel Literature Prize.
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.
Clive James, the Australian broadcaster, writer, critic and poet who charmed generations of Britons with his humour and wit, has died at the age of 80, his agents said.
Judges tore up the rule book, awarding the prestigious Booker Prize for Fiction jointly to Canadian author Margaret Atwood and Anglo-Nigerian author Bernardine Evaristo.
The 50-year-old Booker Prize for English-language fiction is among the world's most prestigious literary awards, handed out annually and promising a major boost for winning authors.