The ArabLit Story Prize

The ArabLit Story Prize

Name: The ArabLit Story Prize
Category: Short story
Word count: 3000 words or fewer
Entry fee: Free
Prize: $500
Closing date: July 16, 2020.

ArabLit Quarterly is a four-times-yearly magazine that brings together Arabic literature, essays, wordplay, art, music, and food in translation. They are currently accepting submissions for The ArabLit Story Prize for the year 2020.

The ArabLit Story Prize is an award for the best short stories, in any genre, newly translated from Arabic into English. Translators must have rights to the work, and translations must have been previously unpublished.

Stories will be judged primarily on the quality of the translated work as a thing-in-itself, although translators must also submit the Arabic original, as this must be a translation, not a loose adaptation nor a work written originally in English.

The ArabLit Story Prize Submission Guidelines:

Submission materials must include:
1. Cover letter with the name of author, translator, story, and length.
2. The story in translation, rendered as 3000 words or fewer in English, attached as a Word document.
3. The story in the original Arabic, preferably in the same Word document.
4. Some evidence to prove you have the rights to translate and publish this story, such as an email from the author or a scanned note.

You can submit your work for the contest through Submittable, and not via email.

Note: You shouldn’t put the author or translator’s name on the attached works. In any case, names will be stripped off before they are sent to judges.

There is no fee for submissions. However, if you wish to see last year’s shortlist, you can tick the box to get e-copies of previous issues of ArabLit Quarterly. If you tick the box, you will pay for the e-copy. You will not pay a fee if you do not tick the box.

You can send any questions regarding submissions to [email protected]

The prize: $500 to the winner, split between author and translator. Shortlisted stories will have the opportunity to be published in the ArabLit Quarterly as well as a future anthology.

Visit this link to submit your short story

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