Judging Process

The Award’s rigorous selection process is supervised by a Board of Trustees and a Scientific Committee.

Every year, the Scientific Committee appoints a group of distinguished regional and international literary figures as judges who serve on ten separate selection committees, one for each award category.

There are 3 to 5 judges per category, all of whom remain anonymous to safeguard the independence and integrity of the selection process.

Each committee reviews all submitted works in a category and submits its selection to the Scientific Committee.

The Scientific Committee reviews and approves the committees’ selections, which are then officially endorsed by the Board of Trustees which is presided by HE Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan.

The winners are announced ahead of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair, culminating in a prestigious ceremony every year.