Mohammed Jaafar and Mansoura Ez-Eldin are the two Africans on the Almultaqa Short Story Prize 2018 longlist announced on October 1, 2018.
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) and Shahla Ujayli (2017).
This year there were 197 entries with 170 individuals and 27 publishing houses hoping to make the cut. Those who would be judging the prize would be chaired by Dr Suad Al-Anezi (Kuwait) who would be supported by Dr Abdeldaem Al-Salami (Tunisia), Amir Taj Al-Sur (Sudan), Dr Najem Abdullah Kathem (Iraq), and Mohammed Al-Abbas (Saudi Arabia).
The longlist announced on Monday included Algerian writer Mohammed Jaafar and Egyptian novelist and short-story writer Mansoura Ez-Eldin.
The shortlist for the award comprising 5 short story collections will be announced at the beginning of November. The competition winner will be announced in December, 2018 during a ceremony organized by American University Kuwait where the winner will receive the cash prize of $20,000, in addition to a certificate of appreciation, and the translation of the winning short story collection to English.
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