Arabic fiction prize

Gulf Writers Nominated for Arabic Fiction Prize

TUNIS // Two writers from the Arabian Gulf are among the six authors in the running for this year's International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The Kuwaiti writer Saud Alsanousi and the Saudi writer Mohammed Hassan Alwan were joined on the shortlist by Iraq's Sinan Antoon, Lebanon's Jana Elhassan, Egypt's Ibrahim Issa, and Hussein Al Wad, a Tunisian. "The committee is gratified to note that outstanding creativity is common across Arab countries and generations of writers," said Galal Amin, chairman of the judges panel. The books included Alsanousi's Bamboo Stick, The Beaver by Al Alwan, Ave Maria by Antoon, I, She and Other Women by Elhassan, Our Master by Issa and His Excellency the Minister by Al Wad. The six shortlisted titles were chosen from a longlist of 16, announced in December. The novels were selected from 133 entries from 15 countries, published in the past 12 months.