ABU DHABI, 22nd June, 2023 (WAM) — The Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center (ALC), under the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, DCT Abu Dhabi, has opened the first edition of the Golden Narrative Nominations (Sard Al Thahab) Award, which recognizes renowned Arabic prose works by local and international creatives.
The awards seek to shed light on Emirati folk tales and narratives, highlight inspiring work in the field and recognize talented narrators who, through this art form, have helped preserve the UAE’s history, way of life and popular heritage over the decades. It takes its name from a poem by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE, and aims to promote an artistic movement based on Zayed’s legacy of creativity.
The award is accepting submissions in six categories. The Unpublished Fiction Short Story Award recognizes and publishes unpublished work by talented authors; the Published Story Short Story Anthology Award honors published stories that draw inspiration from national heritage; the Popular Narrative Award honors those who build a collective memory and a collection of popular folktales that contribute to cultural identity, or renowned research that analyzes these stories; and the Narrator Prize recognizes narrators of popular literature and biographies from the UAE and the wider Arab world, who recite orally these works.
The categories also include the Illustrated Storytelling Award and the UAE Storytelling Award, which recognizes narrative work that relies structurally on imagery, blending narrative and graphic art, and the UAE Storytelling Award, which recognizes work that explores Emirati identity and is inspired by Culturally inspired literature in Arabic and other languages. History, geography and other values.
Abdullah Majid Ali, Chairman of the Higher Committee of the Golden Narrative Prize and Director of the National Library and Archives, said: “Inspired by the creative journey of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Inspiring, and his efforts to foster cultural awareness and artistic expression of the UAE community, the award seeks to showcase these works of collective memory and strengthen our national identity.”
Individuals, literary unions, cultural institutions and universities can submit work to one of six categories. Nominations for the UAE Narrative category must come from academic, research and cultural institutions as well as the Prize’s Higher Committee.
Criteria for nominations include the candidate’s contribution to building the UAE narrative through creative or research work that explores various aspects of the UAE’s history and present.
Nominees may only apply to categories containing one work, provided that work has not been nominated for another award in the same year. Nominations must be written in Arabic, with the exception of the UAE Narrative category, which accepts entries in other languages. Narrative and research works must be no older than five years or unpublished.
The award is not open to works that have previously won major Arab or international awards. Works may be re-nominated after meeting the criteria related to the set time frame.
Applicants must select the category that best suits their job and complete a nomination form, which is available through the website of the Abu Dhabi Arabic Center (https://ddei5-0-ctp.trendmicro.com:443/wis/clicktime/v1 ) Get /query?url=www.alc.ae&umid=57F1BFC4-FEB1-9905-B239-FA6E574963AA&auth=d95b31bf228f812d834cf2cf03f5e34fa7215184-ace840b111f35bc012fe94bee7a3 af027f 4a4f51) or write to email@example.com.
The completed form should be accompanied by five copies of the proposed work, the nominee’s CV and biography, a copy of the passport and a personal photograph.
The total prize money for the six Gold Narrative Awards categories amounts to AED 2 million.