Submissions open for 2020 International Prize for Arabic Fiction



The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is delighted to announce that submissions are open for the 13th edition of the prize, which will be awarded in 2020.


Eligible novels must be written in Arabic and have been published for the first time between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019. The number of novels an eligible publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2014 to 2019, as follows:


•    1 submission – publishers with no longlisting

•    2 submissions – publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)

•    3 submissions – publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings

•    4 submissions – publishers with 5 or more longlistings


Books written by previously shortlisted authors are granted automatic entry and will be accepted in addition to the publisher's submissions quota.

Self-published and electronic books are not eligible, nor are those previously published in instalments (in print or online) before July 2018.


For more information on submissions rules, please visit the Rules of Entry page.