Two Palestinians win prizes in the seventh edition of the Katara Arabic Novel Competition
The Cultural Village Foundation, Katara, announced, on Wednesday 10/13-2021, the winners of the Katara Prize for Arabic Novel in its seventh session, which is held remotely, for the second year in a row under the supervision of the Arab Organization for Education, Culture and Science (ALECSO).
The seventh session of the award was marked by the registration of the largest number of participations since its launch in 2014, where the number of participants reached 2321, an increase of 4.5% over the previous session, in which the number of participants reached 2220.
The winners in the published Arabic novels category were Habib Al-Salmi from Tunisia for his novel “Longing for the Neighbor”, Ahmed Al-Qarmlawy from Egypt for his novel “The Heirs of Al Sheikh”, and the Palestinian writer Fajr Yaqoub (Yarmouk Camp) for his novel “Lazy Hours - Diary of Asylum”, As well as Ayman Ragab Taher from Egypt for his novel "The Camel", and the Palestinian Nader Manhal Haj Omar (Yarmouk Camp) for his novel "Cities of Boredom". Each prize is worth $60,000, in addition to translating the winning novels into English.
Source: Palestinian Return Centre