2019 Winner

The Night Mail by Hoda Barakat was announced as the winner of the 12th International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) on Tuesday 23 April 2019.

The novel, published by Dar al-Adab, was named as this year’s winner by the Chair of Judges, Charafdine Majdouline. Barakat was presented with her award at a ceremony held at the Fairmont Bab Al Bahr in Abu Dhabi.

In addition to winning USD $50,000, funding will be provided for the English translation of The Night Mail, and Barakat can expect an increase in book sales and international recognition. The English translation rights have already been sold and Oneworld Publications in the UK will publish Barakat’s winning book as The Night Post in 2020.