Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize (Arabic)

The Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize is an annual award of £3,000 for published translations from Arabic of full-length works of imaginative and creative writing of literary merit and general interest.

Established in 2006 by Banipal Magazine and the Banipal Trust for Arab Literature, the prize is sponsored by Omar Saif Ghobash and his family in memory of his father, a passionate bibliophile.

The 2015 Saif Ghobash Banipal Prize, for translations published between April 2014 and March 2015, was presented on 17 February 2016.

The winner of the prize was Paul Starkey for his translation of The Book of the Sultan's Seal by Youssef Rakha (Interlink).

The judges also commended Jonathan Wright for his translation of Land of No Rain by Amjad Nasser (Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation). 

Entry to the 2017 Saif Ghobash Banibal Prize, for translations published between April 2016 and March 2017, is now closed.

Important information

  • Entries must be translations from Arabic into English.
  • Entries must have been published between April 2016 and March 2017.
  • The deadline is 31 March 2017.