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AlMultaqa Short Story Prize to Hold Ceremony Announcing Second Cycle Winner

The AlMultaqa Short Story Prize will celebrate the end of its second cycle by announcing the winner in a ceremony held at the American University of Kuwait on Monday 4th of December, 2017. The following are the finalists who are up for the final prize:

Author’s Name Nationality Title of Collection Publisher
Tamim Hunaidy Syria Lithium Almutawassit
Shahla Al-Ajaili Syria Sareer Bint Almalek Difaf
Louay Hamzah Abbas Iraq Qurb Shajara Aliya Azminah
Mahmoud Al-Rahby Oman Lam Yakon Thahkan Fahasb Dar Fatha’at
Mahmoud Al-Reemawy Jordan Thayf Ala Alalam Dar Fatha’at

Head of the judging committee Dr. Hassan Al-Na’mi, will announce the winner during the ceremony; the winner will receive a cash prize of $20,000 (USD), a trophy, and certificate in addition to having the winning collection translated to English for further publication. The remainder shortlisted authors will each receive a cash prize of $5,000 (USD), a trophy, and a certificate.

AUK will also host a series of literary forums on Tuesday 5th of December, 2017 entitled, “Arabic Literature and Translation” in which Farooq Merdem Bek, head of Dar Akt Sood publishing house—the first publishing house in France to publish Arabic books, literary critic Dr. Saeed Binkrad, and Iraqi author Mohammed Khudair will be in attendance. All shortlisted authors will also provide personal testimonies for each of their collections that were submitted for the prize.

The table below shows the agenda for the AlMultaqa Prize Second Cycle ceremony and literary forum:

Day Time Event Location
Monday 4/12/2017 7:00pm - 8:00pm The Awards Ceremony held at the American University of Kuwait  AUK Auditorium
Tuesday 5/12/2017 10:00am – 12:00pm Open forum discussion with shortlisted authors Tameem Al-Hunaidy, Shahla Al-Aujeli, Louay Hamzah, Mahmoud Al-Rahby, Mahmoud Al-Reemawy, moderated by writer Ahmad Zain AUK Auditorium
6:00pm – 7:00pm Evening Discussion “Arabic Literature and Translation” with Guest Speaker Farouq Beik and Dr. Saeed Binkrad, moderated by writer Mohammed Khudayer AUK Auditorium

All events mentioned in the agenda are open to the public and will be held on the University campus. Discussions will be conducted in Arabic, with translation available.

Event Schedule
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Released by the Office of Public Affairs on the 30th November 2017


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