Posted on October 15, 2016

The Cultural Village Foundation-Katara has announced the winners for this year edition of Katara prize for the Arabic novel during the honoring ceremony, held on Wednesday evening at the opera house. With the presence of ministers, officials, ambassadors and renowned novelists, intellectuals, and the jury members.

The winners of this year edition of the Arabic novel prize were grabbed by Nasser Iraq for the published novel of Drama category and the unpublished novel by Ali Ahmad Al-Rifai (Mero Family genes) for the same category. As for the published novels, the announced awarded novelists are; Ibrahim Nasr Allah (Kilmanjaro souls), Ilyas Khori (sons of Gitto), Eman Hamedan (Fifty grams of heaven), Nasser Iraq (al Azbakia), and Yahia Yakhalf (wind rider). While the unpublished novels are awarded to; Salmi Al-Nasser- (blue tongues), Saad Mohamed Raheem (Desire banks), Ali Ahmad Al-Rifai (Mero Family genes), Mohamed Al-Gharbi Omran (Heights queen), and Mostafa Al-Hamdawi (princess shadows).

Katara’s prizes for research and studies went to; Dr. Ibrahim Al-Hajri, Dr. Hassan Al-Mowadn, Dr. Hossam Safan, Dr. Zohor Karam and Dr. Mohamed Abo Azza. The categories of the 2nd edition of Katara Prize for the Arabic novel 2016, comprises; the top Drama for the published category will be awarded $200,000, as for the unpublished Drama award will receive $100,000. The top five published submissions from the first category will each be awarded US$60,000 totaling US$300,000. The top five unpublished submissions from the second category will each be awarded US$30,000 totaling US$150,000.

The top five unpublished studies from the third research, evaluation and literary criticism category will each be awarded US$15,000 totaling US$75,000. While, the top five unpublished young-adult novels from the fourth category will each be awarded US$10,000 totaling US$50,000. This outstanding number of contributions comes from a vast literary geography that covers the whole Arab world, emphasizing the popularity Katara Arab Novel Prize enjoys across the Arab world. The General Manager of the Cultural Village has presented to Abdullah Ahmad Mohareb, The General Manager of Arab League Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO) Katara’s initiative of announcing 13th of October as the day of Arabic novel to be annually marked.

During the honoring ceremony, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti (pictured) presented momentary shields to the awarded novelists that over a short period of time, has carved out a strong position on the region’s literary map as a fully-fledged and comprehensive cultural initiative that aims at fostering the presence of Arab novel in the region and globally, and encouraging and supporting creative Arab novelists to raise cultural awareness and attract further interest in the Arab narrative.