(MENAFN) Ibrahim Al-Saafin, chair of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction, declared the shortlisted authors of 11th edition of the prize during a press conference held at the Abdul Hameed Shoman Foundation in Amman, Jordan.
Six authors were competing for the award; among them are the two youngest applicants in the longlist, Iraqi Shahed Al Rawi for his book Baghdad Clock and Saudi Aziz Mohammed, author of The Critical Case of "K".
Heir of the Tombstones author Walid Shurafa from Palestine and Syrian author Dima Wannous for The Frightened Ones are being recognized for the first time.
Along with chair Ibrahim Al Saafin, a Jordanian academic, critic, poet, novelist and playwright, the 2018 judges are: Inam Bioud, an Algerian academic, translator, novelist and poet; Jamal Mahjoub, a Sudanese-English writer and novelist; Mahmoud Shukair, a Palestinian short story writer and novelist; and Barbara Skubic, a Slovenian writer and translator, Roya news reported.
This intuitive comes as part of efforts made to encourage the translation of Arabic literature into other languages. This allows for Arabic fiction works to be brought to a global audience.