Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces longlist for ‘Young Author’
ABU DHABI – As part of its longlist announcements for its 7th session for the year 2012/2013, the Abu Dhabi-based Award named nine contenders for the “Young Author” title which recognizes the works and scientific theses of authors younger than 40 years old in fields of science, literature, culture, fine arts and humanities.
The finalists were filtered out of a total of 298 nominations submitted this year for this category, reflecting a 24% of total nominations received. The Award’s Reading Panels concluded their work on more than 1262 works nominated for the Award’s diverse categories through September and October 2012.
The “Young Author” longlist includes works from UAE, Kuwait, Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Syria with a colorful variety of genres including novels, short stories, historic biographies, cultural and literary studies, philosophy, and poetry critique:
Meanwhile, the Award’s judging panels work is in progress since November 11, to evaluate the long listed books. The assessment results will be collectively evaluated by the Scientific Committee of the Award to produce a short list which will again be evaluated to choose the winner of each category. The winners are scheduled for announcement in March 2013.
The award comprises of nine categories where the total monetary prize stands at seven million UAE dirhams. Each prize consists of a gold medal bearing the SZBA logo, a certificate of merit and 750,000.00 Dirhams. The Cultural Personality of the Year winner receives a prize of one million dirhams.