Submission open for 2024 International Prize for Arabic Fiction


The International Prize for Arabic Fiction is delighted to announce that submissions will open for the 17th edition of the prize on Saturday 1 April 2023. Submissions will close on Friday 30 June 2023.

Eligible novels must be written in Arabic and have been published for the first time between 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023.

The number of novels an eligible publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2019 to 2023, as follows:

  • 1 submission – publishers with no longlisting
  • 2 submissions – publishers with 1 or 2 longlisting(s)
  • 3 submissions – publishers with 3 or 4 longlistings
  • 4 submissions – publishers with 5 or more longlistings

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. The annual prize is given to a novel in Arabic which the judges consider to be the best of that year. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other languages.

The Prize is sponsored by the Arabic Language Centre, at the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT).