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Bahrain Announces Arabic Literary Contest for Book Fair 2020

Bahrain Announces Arabic Literary Contest for Book Fair 2020

Thursday, 22 August, 2019 - 06:30
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Manama - Obaid al-Suheimy

The Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities announced the Kingdom’s 2020 award for authors, noting that it will be handed out at the upcoming edition of its Bahrain International Book Fair, which is slated for March next year.

Saying the contest was open for registration, the authority said the prize was dedicated for all writers and researchers in Kuwait under the title “creative work in poetry or novel.”

It also confirmed that the award shows the Authority’s dedication towards preserving and growing national literary wealth through encouraging publications of all sorts, scientific research included.

Each year, the Authority picks a field theme and runs the prize accordingly. Nominated works undergo a highly selective process led by a panel of specialists.

“Works presented from Kuwait should be handed over to the Embassy of Bahrain within the specified period for registration, which lasts till the end of December, whereby the winner will be announced at the next Bahrain International Book Fair,” the Authority said in a released statement.

Knowing that each edition is run according to theme, not all Arab authors are allowed to partake in the competition. Non-compliant works are automatically rejected.

Conditions mandate that submitted works need to be produced less than two years ahead of the Fair. Participating publications need to abide to known principles and rules of scientific research, authoring methods and ethics.

The literature needs to be authentic and innovative in expressing new ideas and visions. It needs to have not won any Arab prize before as well.

Authors must present five official copies of their work written in Classical Arabic. Use of any modern dialectic linguistics will disqualify the work.

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