International Prize for Arabic Fiction Winner Announcement

The winner of the International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2020 will be announced from 12 noon (BST) / 3pm (GST) on Tuesday 14 April 2020.

The announcement will be made digitally via a special video announcement hosted on the IPAF website. Please tune in to watch the announcement here.

This will include speeches and comments from the IPAF team who run the prize, this year’s Chair of Judges Muhsin Al-Musawi, and the winning author.

The winner announcement is strictly embargoed until 12.30pm (BST) / 3.30pm (GST).

Follow the Prize via our website and social media channels as follows:

Instagram @Arabicfictionprize
Twitter @Arabic_Fiction


As previously announced, this year there will not be an awards ceremony in Abu Dhabi.

The 2020 shortlist, listed in alphabetical order by author surname, is as follows:

Author Title Country of Origin Publisher
Abdelouahab Aissaoui The Spartan Court Algeria Dar Mim
Khalil Alrez The Russian Quarter Syria Difaf Publishing
Jabbour Douaihy The King of India Lebanon Dar Al Saqi
Said Khatibi Firewood of Sarajevo Algeria Al-Ikhtilef
Alia Mamdouh The Tank Iraq Al-Mutawassit
Youssef Ziedan Fardeqan – the Detention of the Great Sheikh Egypt Dar al-Shorouk

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) is the most prestigious and important literary prize in the Arab world. It is given annually to a novel in Arabic which the judges consider to be the best of that year. Its aim is to reward excellence in contemporary Arabic creative writing and to encourage the readership of high quality Arabic literature internationally through the translation and publication of winning and shortlisted novels in other languages.

The 2019 winner was Hoda Barakat’s The Night Mail.

The Prize is sponsored by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT) and run with the support, as its mentor, of the Booker Prize Foundation in London.

Please get in touch with the Four Culture team for more information, or to arrange the following:

  • Film footage:
    Access to film footage of interviews with all shortlisted authors for use on social media or online channels will be available one week before the announcement.
  • Interviews:
    Interviews with the shortlisted authors will be available on Monday 13 April

Interviews with the winner will be available on Tuesday 14 April and Wednesday 15 April

  • Press Conference:
    In lieu of a press conference, we will be collating questions for the winner from media to be answered as part of an official IPAF video following the announcement. Please contact us if you would like to submit a question.

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