African Trio make Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019 longlist

2017 Sheikh Zayed Book Award

Three Africans have made the longlist of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award 2019 which was announced on November, 26, 2018.

The trio are Egyptians, Ahmed Al Shahawi, Amro Al Adly as well as Moroccan Bensalem Himmich.

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award is one of the most well-funded prizes presented yearly to Arab writers, intellectuals, publishers as well as young talent whose writings and translations of humanities have scholarly and objectively enriched Arab Cultural, literary and social life.

The categories handed out are Cultural Personality of the year, Children’s literature, Young Author, Contribution to the development of the nations, Translations, Literary and Art Criticism among others.

Previous winners of the Award include Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, Abbas Beydoun, Osama Alaysa, and Abdel Rasheed Mahmoudi.


The 2019 edition began on Monday, 26th of November as the longlist of those vying for the awards were announced. The three of the thirteen longlisted, who come from Africa’s soil, have a novel, poetry, and a memoir in the reckoning.


  • Novel: Esmy Fatima (My Name is Fatima) by Egyptian writer Amro Al Adly
  • Poetry: La Arany (I Don’t See Me) by Egyptian author Ahmed Al Shahawi (2018)
  • Memoir: Al That Bayn Al Wujood Wal Eijad (The Self: Between Existence and Creation) by Moroccan novelist Bensalem Himmich (2018).


The shortlist will be announced in March 2019 and the winner will be announced in April 2019. An award ceremony will be held at Abu Dabi International Book Fair in May 2019 were the winner will officially receive the award.

To find out more about the book award and other longlisted authors click here.


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