Key Dates

Our submission process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

May 2021 —
1 October 2021

Submissions open for four months every year

October 2021

Phase 1 evaluation of books (reading panel)

November 2021

Announcement of Longlists

November 2021 — January 2022

Phase 2 evaluation of books (panel of Judges)

February 2022

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

March 2022

Announcement of shortlists 

March 2022 —
April 2022

Phase 4 evaluation of books (Board of Trustees meets to approve winners)

April 2022

Announcement of Winners

May 2022

Award 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 7050 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 next year's edition from May 1st - Oct 1st, 2022. Contact us via for more information. 



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Khelil Gouia

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Translation Award Winner

Michael Cooperson

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Children's Literature Award Winner

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SZBA Translation Grant

Get the support you need to translate SZBA-winning titles

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

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


How to Apply for Sheikh Zayed Book Award Translation Grant


17th Edition Submissions

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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 17th edition here


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