Katara Cultural Village announced the winners of 7th Katara Prize for Arabic Novel, which was held remotely from October 12-16, for the second year in a row, under the supervision of the Arab Educational, Cultural and Scientific Organization (ALECSO).
The winners in the published Arabic novels category are Al Habib Al Salmi from Tunisia, Ahmed Al Qarmlawi from Egypt, Fajr Yaqoub from Palestine, Ayman Rajab Taher from Egypt and Nader Manhal Haj Omar from Palestine. Each prize is $60,000, in addition to translating the winning novels into English.
In the unpublished novels category, the winners are Etidal Najeeb Al Shoufi from Syria, Ghaid Al Gharb from Iraq, Younis Ali from Morocco, Muhammad Abdullah Al Hadi from Egypt and Walid bin Ahmed from Tunisia. Each prize is $30,000, and the winning works will be printed and translated into English.
The Katara Prize for Arabic Novel is an Arabic literary prize based in Qatar. It was established in 2014 by the Katara Cultural Village. The total prize pool is $650,000 and the main prize $200,000, making it one of the richest literary prizes in the world. One of its sponsors is UNESCO. The winning novels will be translated into five languages - including French and English.