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1,283 entries for Katara Prize for Arabic Novel


(MENAFN- The Peninsula) The Peninsula

DOHA: The fourth edition of Katara Prize for Arabic Novel has seen record participation with a total of 1,283 entries received, organisers have announced.

A total of $575,000 will be distributed to winners in the various categories.

Katara General Manager Dr Khalid bin Ibrahim Al Sulaiti said that the participants include 562 in the published novel category, 596 in the unpublished novel section and 47 in the unpublished studies category in addition to 78 participants in the unpublished novels by young writers category.

Al Sulaiti said that there were 322 women participants this year, while the number of men participants reached 961. He said that most of the participants were from the Levant (Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine) and Iraq with a total of 413 entries. Egypt and Sudan came next with 383 participants followed by North African countries with 365 participants, while GCC countries also marked a significant turnout this year with 118 participants and four others from non-Arab countries.

The number of participants in the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel has been increasing year after year which reflects the great success the prize has achieved, stressed Al Sulaiti.

The Prize has a comprehensive approach as it translates, publishes, and turns novels into drama, reaching out to a wider market.

Results of the 4th edition of the Katara Arab Novel Prize will be announced on October 13, which falls on the celebration of International Arab Novel Day.

Meanwhile, Khalid Abdulrahim Al Sayed, the General Supervisor of the Prize, said that the increasing number of participants in each edition reflects the great expansion witnessed by the award and the prestigious position it occupies in the Arab world.

The Katara Prize for Arabic Novel contributes to the enrichment of the Arab library, especially in the field of novels and literary criticism.

The total prize for the fourth edition is $575,000. In the published novels category, $300,000 will be divided to five winners who will each receive $60,000. Five winners will also be chosen in the unpublished novels category, each of whom will win $30,000. For the unpublished studies category, five winners will be selected to receive $15,000 each. For the unpublished novels by young writers category, each of the five winners will receive $10,000.

The Katara Prize for Arabic Novel is an annual award, launched by the the Cultural Village Katara in 2014, as part of Katara's mission to promote cultural activities through a project that brings together Arab voices from across the Arab world. It strives to achieve intellectual and cultural diversity in the Arab world, to create a generation that cherishes its Arab identity, and to open doors to the great creators of outstanding production.

Through the Prize, Katara seeks to be a new creative platform in the history of the Arabic novel, and a catalyst for enhancing Arab literary creativity and contributing to cultural communication with others through translation.

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