SHARJAH, 11th October, 2018 (WAM) — H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, attended on Wednesday the meeting to announce the shortlist of the 10th Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature.
The shortlist will be made public at the opening ceremony of the Sharjah International Book Fair, SIBF, on 31st October, during a meeting organised by the UAE Board on Books for Young People, UAEBBY, at the Sharjah pavilion participating in the Frankfurt Book Fair 2018.
Abdul Aziz Taryam, CEO Advisor and General Manager of Etisalat Northern Emirates; Marwa Al Aqroubi, President of the UAEBBY Executive Board, and a number of representatives of international and Arabic publishing houses, were present during the announcement of the shortlist.
The award has six categories: Children’s Book of the Year; Young Adult Book of the Year; Best Text, Best Illustration, Best Production; and Digital Book App of the Year.
The terms and conditions state that children’s books must be written in Arabic for children up to 12 years old, not translated, published a maximum of three years ago, printed and published in hard copy and not previously have won any local, Arab or international award.
For young adults from 13 to 18 years, the books must have been published a maximum of five years ago.
The Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature is one of the most important awards aimed at providing premium books for children. A total of AED1.2 million will be distributed as follows: AED300,000 for Children’s Book of the Year, to be distributed equally between the publisher, author and illustrator; AED 200,000 for Young Adult’s Book of the Year to be distributed equally between the author and publisher.
Also, AED100,000 for Best Text, AED100,000 for Best Illustration, AED100,000 for Best Production; and AED100,000 for Digital Book App of the Year.
As part of the award’s ‘Warsha’ programme, an additional AED 300,000 will be dedicated to workshops for building Arab Youth’s ability to write and illustrate children’s books and encourage a new generation of Arab talents in this field.