as the event hosts a variety of literary activities to be culminated with announcing the 2nd edition winners of the high-profile Katara prize of Arabic novel.
Commenting on the event, the General Manager of the Cultural Village Foundation-Katara, HE Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti, said: "Over a short period of time, Katara prize for Arabic novel has become a highly-reputed and recognized platform where Arab creative writers and intellectuals meet, share experiences and get their works celebrated."
Katara's General Manager pointed out that the astounding number of submissions during this edition of the Prize has exceeded all expectations with 1004 entries, which was split into three major categories: unpublished novels received 732 works, published novels received 234 works, while literary criticism studies have received 38 papers.
HE Dr. Khalid Bin Ibrahim Al-Sulaiti noted that these outstanding contributions come from a vast literary geography that covers the whole Arab world, emphasizing that the Katara Arab Novel Prize is for all Arabs.
Katara has received 375 submissions from Egypt and Sudan, 260 submissions from Iraq and the Levant, 257 submissions from northern Arab-African countries, 105 submissions from the GCC countries and Yemen and seven submissions from non-Arab countries.
The event initiated with holding a signing ceremony in which the awarded novelists of last year's edition signed their novels that have been translated to English and French, representing the published and the unpublished categories.
On the side line of the event that will conclude on the 12th of this month with holding an honoring ceremony for the awarded novelists, three exhibitions of: Youth Novel, Pens' Collectibles and Naguib Mahfouz exhibition were inaugurated after the opening ceremony in buildings 18 and 19.
Last year's award of the unpublished categories were grabbed by; Abdeljalil Ouazani Touhami (A Woman in the shadow), Jalal Barges (Snakes of Fire), Mayslon Hadi (Throne and Stream), Zakarya Abo Maryah (Psalms of Departure and return), and Sameh Al-Jabas (An old rope and a tight knot).