The Banipal Trust for Arab Literature

Rules of Entry

  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. Submissions must not contain AI generated works.
  4. Entries for the 2024 prize must have been first published in English translation between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024, covering 12 months.
  5. 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
  6. Entries can be by one or more translators
  7. Entries can only be submitted by a publisher
  8. There is no limit on the number of submissions made by a publisher.
  9. Five copies of the translation and four copies of the original work should be submitted, in addition to a digital copy of the text in both languages, either uploaded to the online entry form or sent by email to
  10. From the 2023 prize and onwards, the period for receiving entries will be from 1 January to 31 March each year
  11. The judges can call in eligible titles that missed being entered by their publisher

The judges shall have one meeting, where they will choose first a shortlist and then select the winner. The decision of the judges is final and they reserve the right not to award the Prize if, in their opinion, no works entered reach a sufficiently high standard.

It is a condition of entry that publishers will put the award logo or “2024 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize Winner” or “Shortlisted for the Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize 2024”, on the cover of subsequent editions of winning/shortlisted books. The Society of Authors has designed roundels with this information on them for publishes to use if need be.

For any queries and further information, please email:

The date for submitting entries for the 2024 Prize opened on 1 January 2024

There is an online form to complete for each entry, as follows:
1  Go to this link on or after 1 January 2024 – the current link will be updated shortly:
2  Scroll down the page and click on the box Enter the 2024 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize now.
3  Complete the online entry form for each translation you are entering.
4  Click SUBMIT when the form is completed

5  Send entries to:

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