Statement on behalf of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction


The IPAF board of trustees has issued a statement following the announcement of the 2019 winner:

“The trustees of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction were surprised and very disappointed that the fact of Hoda Barakat’s win was known before the official announcement. They have reviewed recent events and this year’s judging process very carefully and are taking all appropriate steps to determine how the identity of the winner emerged and any lessons which may be learned. They are however satisfied that, as in previous years, the judging was carried out rigorously by the independent panel of judges, in keeping with the established process and integrity of the prize. The trustees are very grateful to the judges for their seriousness and dedication in choosing this year’s winning novel.”