Rules of Entry

Submissions for the 2017 Prize open on 1 April 2016 and close on 30 June 2016

Submissions are accepted in Arabic. Download a copy of the Submission form

The publisher must submit seven copies of each novel, along with the submission forms, to the Administrator’s address: Fleur Montanaro, IPAF, 133 Hill House, 210 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6NP

• IPAF is dedicated to the literary novel. Books of short stories or collections of poetry are not eligible

• Electronic books are not eligible

• Authors cannot submit their own work: submissions are to be made by eligible publishers but this must be done in consultation with the authors.

• An eligible publisher is one who has been in business at least two years and who is an active publisher with a catalogue or list of its fiction titles demonstrating its activity and which is publicly available

• Self-published novels or novels which have been published via a commercial arrangement through which the publisher is paid by the author are not eligible. If the publisher is a company then if the novel is by the person who owns the majority shareholding or otherwise controls the company it is not eligible.

• The novel must be written in Arabic: Arabic translations of a book originally written in any other language are not eligible

• Authors must be living at the time of the award

• Only one novel is accepted per author, and manuscripts are not eligible

• Every novel submitted must have an ISBN number

• A novel which has first been published in instalments (in print or online) before July 2015 is not eligible. This prohibition applies to any type of publishing or publication

• The novel must respect publishing rights and copyrights of the Arab country where it has been published and any novel which is published without the permission of the original author and/or publisher is not eligible

• Every publisher can submit up to three novels published between July 2015 and June 2016

• The publisher must submit seven copies of each novel, along with the submission forms, to the Administrator’s address: Fleur Montanaro, IPAF, 133 Hill House, 210 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6NP

• The judging panel has the right, at its discretion, to consider novels published between July 2015 and June 2016 which have not been submitted by publishers. The process by which this happens is known as 'calling-in'. The Administrator, acting at the request of the judging panel, invites the relevant publisher to send in the novel requested by the judging panel (7 copies and with the details required on the application form as for normal submissions). The work 'called-in' will not be counted as part of the publisher's three novel submissions quota

• If a publisher submits a novel by an author who has previously been shortlisted for the Prize, this work will not be counted in the publisher's three novel submissions quota, that is, it is accepted automatically and in addition to the three works which the publisher is allowed to submit

• As set out above the closing date of submissions is 30 June of each year and this is strictly enforced – submissions must be received by this date

• The Administrator of the Prize is unable to return any books entered by publishers or called in by the judges

• The decisions of the judges at all stages of each prize cycle (longlist, shortlist and winner) are final and cannot be subject to objection

• All submissions are made on a confidential basis

• If a submitted novel is longlisted, the publisher must send ten further copies of the novel to the Administrator immediately after the longlist announcement

• By allowing publishers to submit their novels, authors are deemed to agree that if they are shortlisted, they will be available for promotional activities such as tours and media appearances related to the Prize, both in the Arab world and abroad

• IPAF reserves the right to reject any novel that does not comply with the conditions set out above and its decision is final; it may impose other sanctions as it sees fit