Abu Dhabi: Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA), organised by the Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Centre (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has opened submissions for its 18th edition and will be receiving nominations up until October 1, 2023.
This year, the award will be receiving nominations across 10 categories, now including Editing of Arabic Manuscripts, dedicated to authenticated Arabic manuscripts in any field of knowledge in the Arabic tradition, including specialised and general lexicons.
The new category joins the original 9 categories of Literature, Translation, Contribution to the Development of Nations, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Children’s Literature, Literary and Art Criticism, Young Author, Cultural Personality of the Year and Publishing and Technology.
“To ensure our continued success, we must adapt and evolve, and for the Award’s 18th edition we are pleased to offer the new Editing of Arabic Manuscripts category, which will allow us to showcase the important work of professionals in the field of Arabic heritage texts and highlight the beauty and richness of our heritage,” the Chairman added.
Nominated works must meet a set of criteria to be submitted for consideration for the SZBA. Each nominee may only submit one work to one of the award’s categories. The award receives self-nominations from authors, as well as submissions from publishing houses, which can nominate books they have published with written consent from the authors.
For the Cultural Personality of the Year award, nominees must be nominated by academic, research or cultural institutions; literary bodies and universities; or by three prominent intellectual and/or cultural figures. Nominees for all other categories must personally fill out the nomination forms on the SZBA website.
The 2023-24 cycle follows the notable success of the SZBA’s 17th edition, which saw the largest number of nominations across its nine categories since the award’s inception – with a total of 3,151 nominations from 60 countries including all 22 Arab nations and 38 other countries from around the world.