The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, one of the most important and prestigious awards of its kind in the Arab world, is now accepting submissions from across the world by publishers, authors, illustrators and app developers for books written in Arabic for children and young people.
Organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People (UAEBBY) and sponsored by Etisalat Group, contestants in the 2017 edition have until the end of August to submit their entries and win prizes worth a total of AED 1,200,000. The winners will be announced at the opening ceremony of the 36th edition of the Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF).
The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature includes six categories: Children’s Book of the Year, worth AED 300,000, to be distributed equally between the author, illustrator and publisher; Young Adult’s Book of the Year, worth AED 200,000, to be distributed equally between the author and publisher; Best Text; Best Illustration; Best Production; and Digital Book App of the Year, which are each worth AED 100,000.
As part of the ‘Warsha’ programme, which supports and inspires a new generation of writers, illustrators, and publishers, an additional AED 300,000 will be dedicated to workshops to develop Arabic people’s ability to write and illustrate children’s books.
Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, believes the Award is instrumental in not just rewarding existing talent, but encouraging the next generation of literary artists and publishing industrialists.
“Since the Award was founded in 2009, we have discovered a vibrant community of literature, a vivid world of illustrators and a host of potential publishers. Through each edition, the Award has developed and progressed, and because of the tireless efforts of all those involved, the Arabic book industry has matured locally, regionally and internationally,” said Al Aqroubi.
“We are immensely proud to have discovered the outstanding Arab creativity and innovation which has broadened children’s horizons. With each book comes a new window into a new world for every child that reads it. There is no medium as powerful as literature, and to introduce a child to the possibilities that it brings is a rare talent. Through the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature, we hope to recognise and reward that.”
The competition is open to all international publishers, as long as the book is written in Arabic, is original and not translated, designed for children and young people from 0-18 years old, and has not previously won any local, Arab or international prizes.
The Digital Book App of the Year encompasses all forms of digital Arabic content available to readers as enhanced digital books and apps. The new category will accept products for Android, iOS, Kindle, ePub3, Game Consoles, and many others.
Those who wish to participate should visit the Award’s official website: www.etisalataward.ae to learn more about all eligibility criteria and conditions