ABU DHABI // Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, honoured the winners of the third Emirates Novel Award at a ceremony held as part of the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair.
The Emirates Novel Award was launched in 2014 to support Emirati talents in literature, highlight the literary culture of Emirati society and educate the community on the importance of reading and writing, reported Wam, the state news agency.
Maryam Al Mheiri, acting CEO of twofour54, and Jamal Al Shehhi, secretary general of the award, attended the ceremony.
In the Best Novel category, “Guard of the Sun” by Eman Yousef, and “Cities and Women” by Saeed Al Badi, shared first place while “Days of the Memory of Sinmar” by Mansour Al Alawy came in second and “What if” by Sara Al Abbadi received a commendation.
Ayesha Al Alili was awarded first place in the Best Short Novel category for “Iron Swing”, and “Naked Roots” by Hasna Al Salmi was named in second place.
“Citizen Sayfoul” by Salem Al Aghbari was awarded a commendation.
“Twofour54 is proud to have instituted this coveted award for encouraging talented Emiratis,” said Ms Al Mheiri, adding that the award is the best way to develop content that “promotes our culture and embodies our values and traditions”.
“Over the three cycles of the award we are proud that we presented 65 novels by Emirati writers,” she said.
Mr Al Shehhi said the winners were selected from a pool of 25 submissions, adding that the novelists demonstrated an incredible creativity.
The Emirates Novel Award aims to promote literature and novels among Emiratis. The award plays a significant role in recognising local talent.
Source: uae news