Akram Msallam was born in Palestine in 1971. He graduated from Bir Zeit University and has published two novels, one of which has been translated into French. His last novel was given an award by the A. M. Qattan Foundation. His first novel has been translated into French. He has also edited the eight volumes of the diaries of the Palestinian educationalist, Khalil Sakakini.
Anis Arrifai was born in Casablanca, Morocco, in 1976. He is a graduate of the University of Marrakesh and teaches in a technical secondary school. He has published articles on literature and six collections of short stories. His work has been translated into Spanish, Portuguese and French.
Lina Hawyani al-Hassan
Lina Hawyani al-Hassan was born in Syria in 1975. She has published five novels and two volumes of non-fiction. She studied Philosophy at the University of Damascus and works as a journalist and is in charge of the books supplement of al-Thawra.
Mariam al-Saedi was born in 1974 and works in the civil service in Abu Dhabi. She is a graduate of Emirates University and has studied in Dundee, Scotland. She has published two volumes of short stories. One of her stories has been translated by Denys Johnson-Davies and appeared in his collection of UAE writing, In a Fertile Desert.
Rania Mamoun was born in Wad Medani in Sudan in 1978 and educated at the University of the Gezira. She has published one novel and one collection of short stories. She works as a journalist.
Tarek Emam is Egyptian and was born in 1977. His first collection of short stories was published in 1995 when he was 18. Since then he has published three more collections of short stories and two novels. A graduate of the University of Alexandria, he works as a radio journalist and has also published literary criticism.
Wajdi al-Ahdal is a Yemeni novelist. He was nominated in 2009 as one of the Beirut39, one of the 39 best Arab writers under 40. Born near Bajil in 1973 and educated at the University of Sana'a, he has published four novels and four collections of short stories. He works in the cinema and drama department of the Ministry of Culture and has had one play published and produced.