International Prize for Arabic Fiction at Abu Dhabi International Book Fair 23 – 29 May 2021



The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is once again delighted to be at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair from 23 – 29 May 2021.


For those able to join us at the book fair, the winner and shortlisted authors will be taking part in an event on the main stage in Hall 9, and livestreamed on the fair’s social channels, as detailed below:

Thu 27 May, Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, 3pm (BST) / 6pm (GST)

IPAF: Honouring the 2021 winner and shortlisted authors

To celebrate this year’s books and authors, Lebanese scholar Bilal Orfali will interview each of them, track their journey from idea to finished book, and let them share their experiences with the audience.

Language: In Arabic with Simultaneous Translation into English.

More information is here

Winner Announcement

The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2021 was announced at an online ceremony on Tuesday 25 May from 10am (UK) / 1pm (Abu Dhabi).

The event celebrated the impact of the prize and featured contributions from the IPAF Chair of Trustees Yasir Suleiman, Administrator Fleur Montanaro and this year’s Chair of Judges Chawki Bazih.

You can watch it here

About this year’s shortlist

The 2021 shortlist, with author names in alphabetical order, is as follows. Please click on the author names for more information.



Country of origin


Abdulatif Ould Abdullah

The Eye of Hammurabi


Dar Mim

Jalal Barjas

Notebooks of the Bookseller


The Arabic Institute for Research and Publishing

Amira Ghenim

Calamity of the Nobility


Dar Mesaa

Dunya Mikhail

The Bird Tattoo


Dar al-Rafidain

Abdelmajid Sebbata

File 42


Al-Markez al-Thaqafi al-Arabi

Habib Selmi

Longing for the Woman Next Door


Dar al-Adab














About the Prize

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is an annual literary prize for novels in Arabic. It is currently sponsored by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre, under the umbrella of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, and has been mentored by the Booker Prize Foundation in London.


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