Two Syrian Writers Make 2017 Al Multaqa Prize Shortlist

Yasmeen Hanoosh
Mahmoud al-Rimawi’s “The Train,” tr. Stories in translation:
Two Stories by Luay Hamza Abbas,    tr. In addition to the $20,000, there is also a fund to support translation of the winning collection into English, and $5,000 for each of the shortlisted authors. Its inaugural prize went, last December, to Mazen Maarouf’s   Jokes for the Gunmen,   forthcoming in English translation by Jonathan Wright. Yasmeen Hanoosh
Luay Hamza Abbas’s   Merrymaking,    tr. Soon after the Etisalat Prize for Arabic Children’s Literature announced their 2017 winners, the major prize of the Arabic short story — the Kuwait-based Al-Multaqa Prize — announced their five-book shortlist for 2017:
The $20,000 prize is a joint effort of the American University of Kuwait and the “Cultural Circle,”   a local literary discussion group headed up by Kuwaiti writer Taleb Alrefai. Wen-Chin Ouyang

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Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ The Two Autobiographies: Salim Barakat Bleeding in Forgotten PlacesCategories: short storiesTags: Iraqi, Omani, Palestinian, short stories, Syrian The shortlist features collections by acclaimed Iraqi writer Luay Hamza Abbas,   author of Closing His Eyes;   Syrian author   Shahla Ujayli, previously shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction;   Omani writer Mahmoud al-Rahbi;   Syrian author Tamim Henidi; and prolific   Palestinian short-story writer   Mahmoud Rimawi, who lives in Amman, Jordan. The shortlist:
Palestinian Mahmoud Rimawi for “ضيف على العالم” (Guest of the World)
Syrian writer Shahla Ujayli   for    “سرير بنت الملك” (Bed of the King’s Daughter)
Syrian author Tamim Henidi for “ليثيوم” (Lithium)
Iraqi writer Luay Hamza Abbas for “قرب شجرة عالية ” (Near the Tall Tree)
Omani writer Mahmoud al-Rahbi for “لم يكن ضحكاً فحسب” (Not Just for a Laugh)
The winner is set to be announced in December.