Banipal Translation Prize Announces 2021’s Judges, Entries


Happy to see Laila among the list of nominated novels. Hajer done a great job in translating it.

Best of luck to all nominated translators!

ArabLit & ArabLit Quarterly

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation today announced the judges and entries for their 2021 prize:

This year’s four judges are translator-scholar Roger Allen, a previous winner of the Banipal prize; publisher Rosemarie Hudson; scholar and educator Ronak Husni; and culture-sector consultant Caroline McCormick.

In the sixteenth year of the prize, Banipal received 15 entries, including nine novels, a short-story collection, a cross-genre work, and four poetry collections — two of them work by Palestinian poet Najwan Darwish. 

Several entrants have previously won or been shortlisted for the prize, including: Marilyn Booth (shortlisted in 2019 for her translation of Celestial Bodies and runner-up in 2007 for Thieves in Retirement); Jonathan Wright, (shortlisted in 2019 for Jokes for the Gunman and in 2018 for Frankenstein in Baghdad, winner in 2016 for The Bamboo Stalk, commended in 2015 for Land of No Rain,and co-winner in 2013…

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