Key Dates

Our submission process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

May 2020 —
October 2020

Submissions open for four months every year

October 2020

Phase 1 evaluation of books (reading panel)

November 2020

Announcement of Longlists

November 2020 — January 2021

Phase 2 evaluation of books (panel of Judges)

February 2021

Phase 3 evaluation of books (Scientific Committee reviews judges’ reports)

March 2021

Announcement of shortlists 

March 2021 —
April 2021

Phase 4 evaluation of books (Board of Trustees meets, evaluates scientific committee results and approves winners)

March 2021 - April 2021

Announcement of Winners

April 2021

Winners Presentation Ceremony 

Award Objectives

Honor intellectuals, researchers, and authors, who have made significant contributions to modern-day literature, social sciences. culture and knowledge.

Award Objectives

Honor prominent figures who have made outstanding achievements at a regional and international level, and informing readers about them in the context of creativity and innovative thought.

Award Objectives

Appreciate the important role of translators in enriching culture and promoting cross-national dialogue. 

Award Objectives

Encourage creativity of youth, and motivate them to research, and create a spirit of positive competition in this vital sector that represents the nation’s present and future

Award Objectives

Honor institutions, commissions, research centers, Arab and international publishing houses that represent an inventive cultural project that caters for creativity, and promote the human values of dialogue and tolerance.


Award Objectives

Encourage children and adolescent’s literature, which seeks to develop this important segment of society, and their aesthetic taste, and constructs their cultural identity on the foundation of creative interaction between the past and present.


Submission Process

  1. Submit your book by registering online.
  2. Send 5 copies of your book to Sheikh Zayed Book Award HQ:
    • Sheikh Zayed Book Award.
    • Department of Culture & Tourism - Abu Dhabi.
    • P.O. Box 2380 Abu Dhabi, UAE.
  3. An email will be sent confirming a successful online submission once 5 copies of the book are received by the Award.

You can submit your book for this year's edition from May 1st - Oct 1st, 2020. Contact us via for more information. 



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Latest News

Abu Dhabi, 04 Aug 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Reading Panel Commences Virtual Review Process of 2020 Submissions

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award Reading Panel Committee has commenced its review of this year’s eligible submissions, holding its first session for the current edition of the prize remotely. Chaired by Dr. Ali Bin Tami ...

Abu Dhabi, 02 Jul 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Hosts Virtual Seminar Building a Digital Ecosystem for Knowledge

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award hosted last week a seminar entitled Building a Digital Ecosystem for Knowledge, exploring digital impact on the publishing sector. Moderated by Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Director of Publishi ...

Abu Dhabi, 01 Jun 2020

Submissions Open for 2021 Sheikh Zayed Book Award, One of the World’s Most Prestigious and Lucrative Literary Prizes

Winners across nine categories will each receive a career-changing prize of AED 750,000 (USD 204,000) 

Closing date for submissions is 1 October 2020 

The Sheikh Zayed Book ...

SZBA Translation Fund Initiative

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Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s Translation Fund grants international publishers with funding to translate SZBA-winning literary and children’s titles into other languages.

For more information on the fund, the list of eligible titles, and how to apply, contact us on


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The Sheikh Zayed Book Award recognizes cultural achievements in a range of categories, including: Contribution to the Development of Nations, Children's Literature, Young Author, Translation, Literature, Literary & Art Criticism, Arab Culture in Other Languages, Publishing & Technology and Cultural Personality of the Year.

Learn more about the submission and entry rules for the 15th edition here

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AED 7 million
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