Key Dates

Our nomination process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

May 2019 —
October 2019

Nominations open for four months every year

October 2019

Phase 1 evaluation of books (reading panel)

November 2019

Announcement of Longlists

November 2019 — January 2020

Phase 2 evaluation of books (panel of Judges)

February 2020

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

March 2020

Announcement of shortlists 

March 2020 —
April 2020

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

March 2020 - April 2020

Announcement of Winners

April 2020

Awards Presentation Ceremony 2020

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.


Nomination Process

  1. Nominate your book by registering online.
  2. Send 5 copies of your book to Sheikh Zayed Book Award headquarters:
    • 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 nomination once 5 copies of the book are received by the Award.

You can nominate your book for next year's edition from May 1st until October 1st, 2020. Contact us via for more information. 



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Latest News

Abu Dhabi, 18 Mar 2020

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award Board of Trustees approves the winners for the 14th Edition

The Board of Trustees of Sheikh Zayed Book Award has met on Wednesday 4th March 2020 in Abu Dhabi and has approved the winners’ list put forward by the Award’s Scientific Committee for the fourteenth edition ...

Abu Dhabi, 26 Feb 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award announces the shortlist for 14th edition of prize in record-breaking year for submissions

  • Record-breaking year for submissions with 1,900 nominations from 49 nations
  • Literature and Young Author categories led submissions, demonstrating a rise in young talent 
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Abu Dhabi, 26 Feb 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Reveals Shortlisted Titles for Arab Culture, Translation and Publishing Categories

The Sheikh Zayed Book Award (SZBA) has revealed the shortlisted titles in the ‘Arab Culture in Other Languages’, ‘Translation’ and ‘Publishing and Technology’ categories for the 14th e ...

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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Reading Room

HE Dr. Ali Bin Tamim, Sheikh Zayed Book Award Secretary General

"The Award has remained at the forefront of the Arabic intellectual, cultural and literary landscape for 13 years now, garnering recognition for its credibility and transparency.

 With each edition, participation and engagement grows, and we look forward to continuing our mission of the enrichment of Arab literature for many years to come.”

participating countries
award winners
AED 7 million
prize money