Rules of Entry

Rules of Submission

Submissions for the 2021 Prize open on 1 May 2020 and close on 31 August 2020

Download a copy of the Submission form in Arabic.

• 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 2 years and who is an active publisher with a catalogue or list of its fiction titles demonstrating its activity and which is publicly available

•The number of novels an eligible publisher can submit will depend on that publisher’s inclusion in longlists from 2016 to 2020, 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 longlists for 2016 to 2020 are set out below.

• 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 published between 1 July 2019 and 31 August 2020

• 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 entirety in installments (in print or online) before July 2019 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.

• The publisher must submit seven copies of each novel, along with the application forms, to the Administrator: Fleur Montanaro, IPAF, Mailbox V100, Hill House, 210 Upper Richmond Road, London SW15 6NP, UK and also a PDF of the novel to The PDF must be the exact text of the published novel.

• 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 submissions quota, that is, it is accepted automatically and in addition to the works which the publisher is otherwise allowed to submit.

• As set out above the closing date of submissions is 31 August 2020 and this is strictly enforced – submissions must be received by this date. As a special arrangement for this 2021 Prize, if it is impossible for the printed copies to be sent in time for the 31 August 2020 deadline, the submission will provisionally be accepted as long as the PDF is received within that deadline. As previously stated, the submitted pdf must be the exact text of the published novel. But the seven copies of the print books are still required as soon as possible and must be received no later than 11 December 2020, otherwise the novel will be withdrawn. This concession for print books to be received at a later stage recognises the current disruption in distribution and some national and international postal and courier services and does not affect the eligibility period set out above – to be eligible the novel must be published between July 2019 and August 2020. The print copies should be sent as soon as it is possible to do so, and not be held back until the December deadline if it is not necessary to do so.

• The Administrator of the Prize is unable to return any books entered by publishers.

• 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.


International Prize for Arabic Fiction Longlists from 2016 to 2020
*Shortlisted novels are marked with an asterisk


The Last Days of the Pasha by Rasha Adly

The Spartan Court by Abdelouahab Aissaoui*

Seferberlik by Magbool Al-Alawi

The Russian Quarter by Khalil Alrez*

Al-Mutanabbi’s Rabat by Hassan Aourid

What About Rachel, the Jewish Lady? by Salim Barakat

The King of India by Jabbour Douaihy*

The War of the Gazelle by Aisha Ibrahim

Sleeping in the Cherry Field by Azhar Jerjis

The Stairs of Trolar by Samir Kacimi

No-one Prayed Over Their Graves by Khaled Khalifa

Firewood of Sarajevo by Said Khatibi*

The Tank by Alia Mamdouh*

The Mingling of the Seasons by Bachir Mefti

Hammam Dhahab by Mohammed Eissa al-Mu'adab

Fardequan – the Detention of the Great Sheikh by Youssef Ziedan*



Women without Trace by Mohammed Abi Samra

Voyage of the Cranes in the Cities of Agate by Omaima Abullah Al-Khamis

The Night Mail by Hoda Barakat*

Women of the Five Senses by Jalal Bargas

The Commandments by Adel Esmat*

Mohammed's Brothers by Maysalun Hadi

Black Foam by Haji Jaber

The Outcast by Inaam Kachachi*

May- The Nights of Isis Copia by Waciny Laredj

What Sin Caused her to Die? by Mohammed Al-Maazuz*

I Killed My Mother in Order to Live by May Menassa

Western Mediterranean by Mbarek Rabi

Me and Haim by Habib Sayah

Summer with the Enemy by Shahla Ujayli*

The Mexican Wife by Iman Yehia

Cold White Sun by Kafa Al-Zou'bi*



The Earthen Fortress by Ahmad Abdulatif

Christina by Atef Abu Saif

Passion by Rasha Adly

Huddud's House by Fadi Azzam

The Last Country by Antoine Douaihy

Flowers in Flames by Amir Tag Elsir*

The Critical Case of “K” by Aziz Mohammed*

The Second War of the Dog by Ibrahim Nasrallah*

Here is the Rose by Amjad Nasser

The Black Peacock by Hamed al-Nazir

The Baghdad Clock by Shahad Al Rawi*

Al-Najdi by Taleb al-Refai

Heir of the Tombstones by Walid Shurafa*

The Frightened by Dima Wannous*

Ali, the Story of an Honourable Man by Hussein Yassin

Leg Over Leg - in the Sighting of the Lovers' Crescent by Amin Zaoui


Hot Maroc by Yassin Adnan

One Room Is Not Enough by Sultan Al Ameemi

A Small Death by Mohammed Hasan Alwan*

Index by Sinan Antoon

The Slave Pens by Najwa Binshatwan*

The Witches' Resort by Amir Tag Elsir

Al-Sabiliat by Ismail Fahd Ismail*

Swastika by Ali Ghadeer

The Year of the Radio by Renée Hayek

Days of Dust by Zuheir al-Hiti

The North Africans by Abdul-Kareem Jouaity

The Slaughter of the Philosophers by Taissier Khalaf

Children of the Ghetto – My name is Adam by Elias Khoury*

In the Spider’s Room by Mohammed Abdel Nabi*

The Bookseller’s Murder by Saad Mohammed Raheem*

Paolo by Youssef Rakha


Here by Taleb al-Refai

Hymns of Temptation by Laila al-Atrash

Numedia by Tareq Bakari*

The Temple of Silken Fingers by Ibrahim Farghali

People of the Palms by Janan Jasim Halawi

Mariam's Journey by Mahmoud Hasan al-Jasim

Desertified Waters by Hazim Kamaledin

Destinies: Concerto of the Holocaust and the Nabka by Rabai al-Madhoun*

Letters of the Storm by Abdennour Mezzine

Warsaw a Little While Ago by Ahmed Muhsin

The Prophecy of Saqqa by Hamed al-Nazir

The Black Brigade by Mohamed Mansi Qandil

Mercury by Mohamed Rabi*

Praise for the Women of the Family by Madmoud Shukair*

A Sky Close to Our House by Shahla Ujayli*

Guard of the Dead by George Yaraq*