Applications are open for the new Abu Dhabi Arabic Language Center Poetry Prize
ABU DHABI, 14 April 2022 – The Arabic Language Center Abu Dhabi (ALC), part of the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has opened submissions for the first round of His New Precious Sayings (Kanz Al Jeel) Award, open to artists and scholars whose work highlights the rich history and heritage of Nabati poetry.
Candidates can submit their entries to participate in the competition until June 30 in one of the six categories of the prize, Poetry Matching (where candidates must match the poem “yaealu nun bant muzunah” by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE); Creative personality; Arts (which includes Arabic calligraphy); Studies and Research; Poetic publications; and Translation, and compete for the prizes of a total prize pool of AED 1.5 million.
The announcement was made during a meeting of the award’s senior committee, chaired by Issa Saif Al Mazrouei, Vice President of Abu Dhabi’s Cultural and Heritage Programs and Festivals Management Committee, in the presence of Dr Ali bin Tamim, president of the ALC.
The meeting was attended by committee members Abdullah Majid Al Ali, Acting Director General of the UAE National Archives; Saeed Hamdan Al Tunaiji, Acting Executive Director of ALC; Bahraini scholar and critic Dr. Diaa Al Kaabi; Saudi researcher and scholar Dr. Moneera Al Ghadeer; and the Jordanian researcher and literary critic, Professor Khalil Al Sheikh.
Vice President Al Mazrouei said: “With the introduction of the Treasured Sayings Prize, we aim to further enrich the Arab literary and intellectual scenes, by providing new poetic models, introducing literary talents to new audiences and, ultimately, by promoting and preserving Nabati poetry. Now that we are officially launched and submissions are open, the committee can look forward to an exciting stage in judging what is sure to be a proliferation of beautiful and thought-provoking work.
The committee has set specific conditions for being nominated for the award. Talented individuals, literary unions, cultural institutions or universities can submit their nominations for one of the five categories of the award, the remaining category being “Literary Personality”, where nominations must come from academic, research and cultural, or prominent personalities. literary and intellectual personalities.
Potential candidates must have actively contributed to enriching local and Arab poetic, critical or artistic movements. Nominated works must also exhibit a high degree of originality and innovation, constituting a significant addition to human culture and knowledge.
Nominated works must be written in Arabic, with the exception of the Translation and Studies and Research categories, which consider poems translated from Arabic into other languages, and studies that can be submitted in other living languages. Each candidate can submit only one work for one of the prize categories. A nominated work cannot be submitted for another award in person or by proxy in the same year.