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. Entries for the 2024 prize must have been first published in English translation between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024, covering 12 months.
  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. From the 2023 prize and onwards, the period for receiving entries will be from 1 January to 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, where they will choose first a shortlist and then select the winner.


For any queries and further information, please email: admin@banipaltrust.org.uk

The date for submitting entries for the 2024 Prize will open 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:   https://www2.societyofauthors.org/prizes/translation-prizes/arabic-saif-ghobash-banipal-prize/
2  Scroll down the page and click ENTER 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:
    THE SAIF GHOBASH BANIPAL PRIZE
    THE SOCIETY OF AUTHORS
    24 BEDFORD ROW 
    LONDON WC1R 4TQ
    UK

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