Key Dates

Our submission process ensures the best nominees are rewarded

May 2020 —
1 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 - May 2021

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 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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Sheikh Zayed Book Award Hosts Two Virtual Sessions during the 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair

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Abu Dhabi, 26 Oct 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Records the Highest Number of Submissions for its 15th Edition

Reading Panel reviews 2,349 entries from 57 countries, the highest number in its history 

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Abu Dhabi, 30 Sep 2020

Sheikh Zayed Book Award Receives 1,616 Submissions Ahead of Deadline on 1 October

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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


SZBA Translation Grant - Rights Guide

Apply for our Translation Grant Now!

Launched in 2018, the aim of the Sheikh Zayed Book Award’s translation grant is to help increase the number of Arabic books that are available in translation for readers around the world.

Translation grants are available for all literary and children’s titles that have won the Sheikh Zayed Book Award.

Check out our Rights Guide 2020 here and learn more about our Translation Grant here

participating countries
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AED 7 million
prize money