Abu Dhabi, September 22, 2015 – The Sheikh Zayed Book Award announced the interim results of its nominations phase so far as per the reading panels’ work in progress as part of its 10th edition proceedings. The “Young Author” topped the list with a share of 27% of total nominations received, followed by the “Literature” Category with 22%, and the “Literary and Art Criticism” category coming third with 15%. Meanwhile, “Best Contribution to the Development of Nations” was fourth with 11% of total nominations, closely followed by “Children’s Literature” at 9% and “Translation” at 8%. The Award received varying number of nominations in the rest of its categories.
The nominations poured in from a wide geographic spread across the Arab World, with Egypt registering more than one third the total works accepted, followed by Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Iraq and Jordan. Lebanon, UAE, Algeria and Syria had a fair contribution to the total nominations as well. Significant nominations were also received in languages other than Arabic, primarily from the United Kingdom, United States, Germany, France, Holland, Spain and Japan.
Nominations are still accepted till 30 of this month [September 2015] to be followed with a 3 month assessment exercise carried out by renowned intellectuals and literary figures.