The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature
The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

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Rules and Conditions

  1. The prize is awarded annually
  2. Entries should be published translations of full-length works of imaginative and creative writing of literary merit and general interest, published in the original Arabic after, or during, the year 1967
  3. Entries for the 2018 prize must have been first published in English translation between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018
  4. Entries can have been published in English anywhere in the world but must be available for purchase in the United Kingdom via a distributor or on-line
  5. Entries can be by one or more translators
  6. Entries can only be submitted by a publisher
  7. There is no limit on the number of submissions made by a publisher
  8. Five copies of the translation and three copies of the original work should be submitted
  9. The closing date for receiving entries is 31 March each year
  10. The judges can call in eligible titles that missed being entered by their publisher
  11. The judges shall have one meeting at which one winner will be chosen, and if appropriate, a runner-up and/or a highly commended.

For any queries and further information, please email:


The 2018 Award is now being judged.  To see list of all entries, their authors, translators and publishers, click here

An entry form for the 2019 Award will be posted here later this year.

Entries should be sent to:

Paula Johnson
Administrator, Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation
The Society of Authors
84 Drayton Gardens


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