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UAE’s $544,528 gold narrative opens for submissions


Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center’s new Gold Narrative Award has opened up nominations in six categories in its inaugural edition.

The booth of the Arabic Language Center at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 2023. Image: ADIBF

By Porter Anderson, Editor-in-Chief | @Porter_Anderson

Nomination Deadline: Mid-September

Ayou may remember, Abu Dhabi Arabic Center In December, under the guidance of the leaders Dr AS Ali Ben Tamimannounced the establishment of its Golden Narrative (Sardar Al Sahab) awardsa set of classified honors for famous works in Arabic prose.

The project, which appointed a high-level committee to oversee the project in May, opened its first round of nominations on Thursday (June 22), with submissions to be accepted until mid-September.

The Gold Narrative Prize’s total prize pool across six categories reached AED 2 million (US$ 544,528), making the competition another well-funded entry in the United Arab Emirates’ book and publishing awards space.

The purpose of the Golden Narrative Award is to illuminate UAE folktales and tales; to highlight inspiring work in the field; and to recognize talented storytellers who, through this art form, have helped preserve the history, Lifestyle and popular legacy.

These six categories include:

  • Award for short fiction, where unpublished work by writers is evaluated and published
  • Short Story Anthology Award for a published Emirati or Arabic story based on heritage
  • Popular Narrative Award, for a collection of popular folktales or research analyzing such stories that “build shared memory and contribute to the formation of cultural identity”
  • Narrator and Biographer Award, honoring narrators in popular literature and biographies in the UAE and the wider Arab world
  • The Illustrated Story Award selects a narrative whose structure relies on images, blending narrative and graphic art
  • The UAE Storytelling Awards honor literature that explores Emirati identity and is inspired by the history, geography and symbols of the UAE

There are six categories of Golden Narrative Awards. Image: ADALC

The name of the new award, “Golden Narrative”, comes from the A poetry by the UAE founder, The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.Part of the motivation behind this was an interest in building on top of the ZAyedof legacy creativity.

Abdullah Majid Ali

In prepared remarks, New Projects Chairman Abdulla Majed Al Ali said: “timehe Launch the Golden Narrative Aconstituency representativethe s A new milestone for Abu Dhabithe s [efforts] arrive honor creative thinker through different area, including storytelling, narratives and folktales, which yes Deeply rooted in Emirati and Arabic culture.

“Inspired by creative [work] of The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and his efforts to foster cultural awareness and artistic expression in the UAE community, the award works designed to showcase these collective memories and enhance our national identity“.

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Those submitting nominations need to keep the following in mind.

  • nitrogenhavethe s Only one category can be applied for, if only that job has no It was nominated for another award that same year.
  • nitrogenNominated work must be written as In Arabic, except this emiratis narrative, which entry in Accept other languagesedit.
  • Narrative and Research Works must be published Not more than five years ago, otherwise they may be canceledpublished.
  • oneward not open to Workthe s Nahadimension previously won arabian or International prize.
  • Works can be re-nominated later substantial various standards, compared to put time frame.
  • applicant category must be selected the best suitable for their job, and use nomination form associated with this category This page of the program website.
  • timehe fully The form should be accompanied by five copies suggested work plus recover and The nominee’s CV, along with a copy of her or his passport and a personal photograph.

On the same page that contains the information and links to the nominations page, you can read more about the basis for the use of the word “narrative” in literary criticism and analysis, and about the basis for program titles in passages from Sheikh Zayed’s writings More information on development.

Image: Abu Dhabi Arabic Center

More Publishing Perspectives on Abu Dhabi International Book Fair hereand more about The market in the United Arab Emirates is here.We provide more information on book fairs and trade shows for the world publishing industry here.More about translation is hereand more about Arabic in publishing here.For more information on the Arabic Center Abu Dhabi, please visit here.

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Porter Anderson, a non-resident researcher at Trend Research and Consulting, was named International Trade Press Reporter of the Year at the London Book Fair’s International Excellence Awards. He is the editor-in-chief of Publishing Perspectives. He was previously associate editor of The FutureBook, a London-based booksellers press. Anderson has been a senior producer and anchor for CNN.com, CNN International and CNN USA for over a decade. As an arts critic (National Society of Critics), he has served at the Village Voice, the Dallas Times-Herald, and the Tampa Tribune (now the Tampa Bay Times). He co-founded The Hot Sheet, a writers newsletter, now owned and operated by Jane Friedman.


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