Sufian Rajabi and Sherif Saleh are on the Almultaqa Short Story Prize 2019 shortlist announced on November 3, 2019.
The Kuwait based AlMultaqa Prize launched in December 2015 is a partnership between the American University in Kuwait and a cultural circle led by Kuwaiti writer Taleb Alrefai. The prize for short stories worth $20,000 has been won previously by Mazen Maarouf (2016), Shahla Ujayli (2017) and Diaa Jubaili (2018),.
This year, 209 eligible collections were submitted to the prize, with the most (80) coming from Egypt. The entries came from a total of 22 countries, which also included Saudi Arabia (19), Iraq (18), Syria (14), Morocco (12), Jordan (10) 7, Yemen (6), UAE (5), Oman (4), Kuwait (4), Libya (2) and Iran, Sudan, Lebanon, France, Ukraine, Belgium, the USA, and Canada.
The 2019 jury is made up of Spanish translator-scholar Luis Miguel Pérez Cañada, who is the chair of judges; Egyptian academic Said Al-Wakil; Jordanian author Rami Abu Shehab; Moroccan critic Abdel Razzaq Al-Mesbahi; and Kuwaiti novelist Basima al-Enezi.
The winner of the prize is set to be announced at the beginning of December.