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  • Welcome to ALT Magazine & Press: Hazawi Prize Announces 2023 Shortlist: (Sana'a, Yemen) - The shortlist for the 2023 Hazawi Prize for Yemeni Literature has been revealed, announcing the ten writers who have been selected as finalists for this prestigious award.
  • Now in its second yearly round, the Hazawi Prize recognizes exceptional contributions to fiction in Yemeni literature. Organized by the Hazawi Cultural Foundation, this annual prize aims to promote Yemeni literature and support creative writers.
  • This year's shortlist features both emerging and renowned Yemeni authors. The ten works advancing to the final round of judging are:
  • - Abdullah Faisal shortlisted for his novel, Spirits and Secrets.
  • - Aisha Saleh shortlisted for her novel, Under the Ashes
  • - Farouk Merish shortlisted for his novel, A Dignified Stranger
  • - Ahmed Ashraf shortlisted for his novel, A Painful Belt
  • - Ghassan Khalid shortlisted for his novel, A Sky that Rains Fear
  • - Hosam Adel shortlisted for his novel, The Lord of the Black Dog
  • - Asmaa Abdulrazak shortlisted for her novel, Shrapnels
  • - Abdullah Abdu Muhammad shortlisted for his novel, The Road to Sana'a
  • - Najah Bahkeim shortlisted for her novel, The Final Decision
  • - Samir AbdulFattah shortlisted for her novel, What We Cannot See
  • The winner will be revealed at an award ceremony in Sana'a later where they will receive $1,500 USD. Second and third prizes of $1,000 USD each will also be awarded. All shortlisted works are celebrated for chronicling Yemen's rich culture and wartime experiences. This prestigious prize continues highlighting the nation's thriving literary community.

In Dawn’s Embrace, Whispers of Love – Abdullah Abdulwahab Naoman

In Dawn’s Embrace, Whispers of Love


In dawn’s embrace, where zephyrs kiss the dew,

I pour my light, my fragrance, and my smile anew.

My heartbeat echoes, yearnings intertwine,

Embraces tender, blessings yours and mine.


Wherever you may wander, my heart holds you near,

In every thought, your presence ever clear.

If messages you send, my heart will swiftly guide,

Returning them with sentiments that deeply hide.


With them, I’ll send your handkerchiefs so fine,

Infused with scents of blossoms, truly divine.

My tears I’ll hold, for why should I weep,

When your phantom dwells within my eyelids’ keep?


Why should I mourn, when dreams intertwine,

Your aspirations dance with mine?

Love’s tender touch has filled my arms’ embrace,

As diamonds melt, in love’s warm, radiant space.


When we parted, I thought I’d lost your hold,

But in reunion, my spirit, bold,

Embraced your truth, my soul’s deception shed,

For even when you’re absent, love’s flame’s not dead.


You’ve journeyed from my senses’ grasp, it seems,

Departed from my thoughts, from fleeting dreams,

Yet dreams of day with yesterday’s desires contend,

Whispering tales of love that never end.


In crimson rose’s hue, I taste your kiss,

Your touch, your tender words, my heart’s abyss.

My songs, my melodies, from love’s depths arise,

Inspired by your flame that never dies.


My soul’s illumination, my heart’s delight,

From your lanterns’ glow, they shine so bright.


translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

A New Home – Nabila Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

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