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Thriving Response for Second Al-Multaqa Prize Competition with 239 Short Story Collections from 20 Countries

Al-Multaqa Prize Competition announced that it has received 239 short story collections for its second cycle. The Prize was launched in December 2015 by AUK, in partnership with the Cultural Circle's Founder and Manager, Mr. Taleb Al-Rifae. Its first cycle was successfully concluded in December 2016, with the support and sponsorship of the Minister of Al-Diwan Al-Amiri Affairs, Sheikh Nasser Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah.

Submissions for the second cycle commenced on the 1st of January 2017 and closed in the end of March, 2017. The number of submissions received surpassed the amount of the previous cycle, which shows a growing enthusiasm in the Arabic literary field for this competition.
Candidate Category Number of Applicants
Authors 204
Publishing Houses 35
Total 239

 Gender Number of Applicants
Female 70
Male 169

Participating Nationalities
(20 Countries)
Number of Applicants
Egypt 90
Iraq 20
Jordan 19
Morocco 19
Syria 13
Algeria 11
Saudi Arabia 11
Palestine 11
Yemen 9
Sudan 8
Tunisia 8
Bahrain 5
Oman 3
Qatar 3
Lebanon 3
Kuwait 2
Libya 1
Republic of Chad 1
Iraqi-Belgium 1
Egyptian-British 1
Total 239

The competition Board of Trustees and Advisory Board announced the following names as the jurors for the 2016-2017 cycle:

- Dr. Hassan Al-Naemi/Saudi Arabia- Head of Jury Committee
- Dr. Saeed Binkrad/Morocco- Jury Member
- Mr. Abdo Jabeer/Egypt- Jury Member
- Ms. Huda Al-Shoa/Kuwait- Jury Member
- Mr. Khalil Sweileh /Syria- Jury Member

The first short list will contain 10 short story collections will be announced in the beginning of October, 2017, while the second short list will contain of 5 short story collections and will be announced at the beginning of November, 2017. The competition winner will be announced in December, 2017, during a ceremony organized by AUK where the winner will receive the cash prize of $20,000, in addition to a certificate of appreciation, and the translation of the winning short stories to English.

Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 26th April 2017

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