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The Sheikh Zayed Book Award, one of the Arab world’s most prestigious literary prizes, is now accepting submissions for its 2021 edition. Each winner of the Award’s nine categories will receive prize money of 750,000 UAE dirhams (204,000 USD) to both recognise and further enable their creative and cultural achievements.

Now in its 15th year, the Award, which has been described as the “the Arab world’s equivalent to the Nobel prize”, has a reputation for highlighting the most exciting, and often the most challenging, works from and about the Arab world. Each edition sees writers, translators, academics, publishers, and cultural organisations from around the world awarded for their exceptional contributions to advancing Arabic literature and culture.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award consists of nine categories, representing the range and breadth of Arab culture: Literature (including both fiction and poetry), Young Author (for writers under the age of 40), Children’s Literature, Cultural Personality of the Year, Publishing and Technology, Arabic Culture in Other Languages, Translation (either into or from Arabic), Literary and Art Criticism & Contribution to the Development of Nations.

Authors, publishers, translators and organsations of any nationality can make submissions, which are welcomed from all countries in Arabic and other languages. More information about the individual categories, and the online submission process, is available on the Sheikh Zayed Book Award website.