Shahla Ujayli Wins 2017 Al Multaqa Prize With Short-story Collection ‘Bed of the King’s Daughter’


Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailPrintLinkedInRedditGoogleTumblrWhatsAppPinterestTelegramPocketSkypeLike this:Like Loading…‹ Marcel Kurpershoek on Translating 18th-century Nabati Poetry That Still ‘Smells Like Fresh Bread’Categories: Almultaqa Prize for the Short Story, Syria The other collections shortlisted for this year’s Almultaqa were:
Palestinian Mahmoud Rimawi for “ضيف على العالم” (Guest of the World)
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 second-ever longlist, announced October 1, features books published between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017. A review   of   A Sky So Close   on   Mada Masr. Her first novel,   The Cat’s Eye (2006), won the Jordan State Award for Literature in 2009, after which she published   Persian Carpet (2013) and   A Sky So Close,   which was shortlisted for the 2016 IPAF. Ujayli, who has previously been   shortlisted for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction   (IPAF), is both an author and critic. There were 239 submissions from twenty countries, with the lion’s share coming from Egypt (90). In addition to the $20,000 prize, 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. Syrian writer Shahla Ujayli (@ShahlaUjayli) won the second annual Al Multaqa Prize for the Arabic Short Story with her collection   Bed of the King’s Daughter:
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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. Watch   her discuss   A Sky So Close   in a video produced for IPAF. Read   an interview with Ujayli on the IPAF website. Her debut short story collection,   The Mashrabiyya, was published in 2005.