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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.

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Do Not Seek the Purpose in My Words – Zain Al-Abidin Al-Dubaibi

Do Not Seek the Purpose in My Words by Zain Al-Abidin Al-Dubaibi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Do not seek the …

When Pain Slumbers

When Pain Slumbers by Eman Al-Saeedi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea (1) The chemistry of the universe, Bodies of pallor. There, …

Oh, Dwellers on the Shelf of Absence

Oh, dwellers on the shelf of absence by Naji Atayh translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Oh, dwellers on the shelf of …

The Garment of a Lonely Birth

The Garment of a Lonely Birth by Eman Al-Saeedi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea The Garment of a Lonely Birth To …

Here and Now – Mahmoud Darwish

Here and Now by Mahmoud Darwish translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Here, among the fragments of something And nothing, we live …

A Homeland for a Bleeding Rose

A Homeland for a Bleeding Rose by Eman Al-Saeedi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea A Homeland for a Bleeding Rose In …

Melody of Femininity 

**Melody of Femininity** by/ Entesar Hasan translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Melody of Femininity With the melody of my femininity, soothe …

Poem

**Poem** by/ Nabilah Al-Sheikh translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Poem Now I hold The soul of the poem Now I can …

Exile – Nabiha Mahdur

Exile By Nabiha Mahdur The borders closed, and he found himself trapped, a wanderer on the sidewalk of exile, begging …

The Curse – by Nabiha Mahdur

The Curse By Nabiha Mahdur Translated by Hatem Al-Shamea She retreated to a secluded spot, concealing the turmoil that churned …

Shatha Shawki Hasan Al-Khateeb

Shatha Shawki Hasan Al-Khateeb ”’Shatha Shawki Hasan Al-Khateeb”’ (born February 24, 1975) is a Yemeni novelist, short story writer and …

Let Me Embrace Hope in You

Let Me Embrace Hope in You By Hussein Abdulrahman Basunbul & Sung by Karama Mersal translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Oh, …

A Wandering Café – Mohyee Addin Jarma

A Wandering Café by Mohyee Addin Jarma translated by Hatem Al-Shamea A Wandering Café In your land, even the pebbles …

A Friend – Nabilah Al-Sheikh

A Friend by Nabilah Al-Sheikh translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Oh, be my friend, In times of silence, when words fail …

Stripped of Power

Stripped of Power by Mohammed Al-Shahat translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Stripped of Power I resisted my weakness As I watched …

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, …

The Priest’s Vision – Ahmed Abdo

The Priest’s Vision! by Ahmed Abdo translated by Hatem Al-Shamea My problem was with the time factor, as every minute …

Nadia Al-Kawkabani

Nadia Yahya Hussein Al-Kawkabani Academic, Writer, and Human Rights and Political Activist. Biography: Nadia Yahya Hussein Al-Kokbani is a Yemeni …

A Bowing in the Realm of Longing – Ahmed Al-Ma’rassi

A Bowing in the Realm of Longing By Ahmed Al-Ma’rassi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea I. The throne of beauty is …

If Time Throws Evil at You

If Time Throws Evil at You translated by Hatem Al-Shamea If time throws evil at you And life in your …

Ruined Appointments – Arafat Musleh

Ruined Appointments by Arafat Musleh translated by Hatem Al-Shamea  He entered the bar slowly, late for his usual arrival time …

In the Reverie of Dreams

In the Reverie of Dreams Ayoub’s Journey Between a Dreamy Introspection and Daydream   By Abdallah M. El-Zoubi* In the …

Standing as One

Standing as One by Hatem Al-Shamea Sami scrolled through the heartbreaking photos on his phone – emaciated children bombed out …

Whispering Discs – Ahmed Abdo

Whispering Discs a short story by Ahmed Abdo translated by Hatem Mohammed Al-Shamea The night of the village was like …

A Man in the Dark – Saeed Mohammed Al-Hammadi

A Man in the Dark a short story by Saeed Mohammed Al-Hammadi translated by Hatem Al-Shamea He rose from his …

A Traveling Cafe – Muhyee Addin Jarmah

A Traveling Cafe In your land, even the pebbles bloom In its springs. And the birds beckon with their lightness …

Mubarak Al-Yadoumi

Mubarak Al-Yadoumi – Yemeni Poet and Novelist Dr. Mubarak Ali Ahmed Al-Hamadi Al-Yadoumi (born July 8, 1986) is a Yemeni …

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

A New Home He moved with his beloved from that suffocating situation, and the smells that used to give him …

In Proof that I Am Not Dead – Yaseen Al-Bukali – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

In Proof that I Am Not Dead A year will pass In proof that I have not lived A year …

Map of Sorrow and Wind – Ahmed Abdo – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Map of Sorrow and Wind Author: Ahmed Mohamed Abdo – Egypt Translated by Hatem Al-Shamea Geography: Perhaps this patch is …

The night, a café of memories – Asma’a Al-Shaibani – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

The night, a café of memories, On its windows condenses The vapor of longing, Breathing joy, Metaphors of silence… ______ …

Eid – Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Eid O night, tomorrow Celebrates my homeland, What is there now in your canopy, For the eyes of my homeland? …

Peaches – by Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans: Hatem Al-Shamea

Peaches My grandmother, with her slender figure brimming with vitality, her wide glasses partially concealing her tender features, her lone …

Surprise – by Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans: Hatem Al-Shamea

Surprise For a stretch of time, he had been circling around me, and I, consumed by my own concerns, scarcely …

Balm – Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans: Hatem Al-Shamea

**Balm** Why did they say? Love won’t return Another time Like friendship Then they said It’s a memory of a …

Violet – Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Violet Roses cascade, Bearing the weight of the alphabet, With tales echoed, Of sins yet to come, Of burdens to …

Here I Am – Esa Al-Azab – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Here I Am They see me with a smiling face, and pleasant, They see my words bleeding, in pain they …

Shawi on The Internet – Maha Salah . trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Shawi on The Internet He was met with a flurry of photographers and journalists from international media outlets, all asking …

An Evening of Bliss – Entesar Hasan – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

An Evening of Bliss An evening of bliss, oh how I adore, Where the heartbeat of longing forever soars. For …

Fear – Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Fear I asked him, “How old are you?” He replied, “Seven years.” As I watched, a bare-chested child wearing shabby, …

Behind the Walls of Memory – Suhair Assamman – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Behind the Walls of Memory The fifty-year-old woman enters the room, holds a glass of milk in her hand, and …

The Gravedigger – Sameer Abdelfattah – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

The Gravedigger “It is not easy to become a gravedigger.” With these words, Abdul Mujoud concluded his long talk with …

Gone, What’s Gone – Fatima Al-Ashabi. Trans: Hatem Al-Shamea

Gone, what’s gone And the sidewalk persists To the depths of my heart, bleeding flows I try to remember something …

The Studio – Nabilah Al-Sheikh – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

The Studio At noon, the crowd was immense and they were lined up in front of the post office window, …

No Name No Address – Najat Ba Hakeem – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

No Name No Address He gazed up at the ceiling of the room he shared with his wife and three …

Bait – Eman Al-Maziji – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Bait He approached her with love, smiled at her kindly, extended a hand of goodwill, raising the flags of peace …

Disappointment – Eman Al-Maziji – trans. Hatem Al-Shamea

Disappointment We stood in the same place, our eyes fixed on the target. Each of us tried to distract the …

Unknown Place – Saeed Mohammed Al-Hammadi – (trans.): Hatem Al-Shamea

Unknown Place Evening descended heavily upon the city, and the stars suspended in the sky unveiled the curtain of the …

The Ten Nights – Fatima Wahidi – trans. by: Hatem Al-Shamea

The Ten Nights A bottle filled with oil, another with gas, and a hundred loaves of bread, they awaited their …

Escape of a Corpse – a short story by Entesar Asseri – trans. by Hatem Al-Shamea

Escape of a Corpse Its threads sneaked through the gaps in the curtains, flirting with the bare hairs on his …

Let Them Bomb – A Poem by Abdullah Al-Baraduni – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

Let them bomb, you are not a target let them rage, you are far more enraged Let them mobilize, you …

Memory – a short story by Entesar Asseri – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

Memory After my mind submitted its resignation and declared its departure from work, I began to suffer and endure the …

A Loaf of Bread (رغيف) – A short story by Entesar Asseri – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

A Loaf of Bread (رغيف)Black Sack – by Ali Abdullah Al-Ajri With reddened eyes, brimming with tears, he approached with …

Black Sack – by Ali Abdullah Al-Ajri

Black Sack Our department was one of the most important in the country. It used to be bustling with a …

The Appointment – by Saeed Mohammed Al-Hammadi

The Appointment She gazed at the walls of her room, feeling a sense of confinement. Dishevelled clothes lay scattered on …

Glorified September – Entesar Hasan

In my homeland, tidings of joy unfurled, Awake, O larks, with melodic trill. Flags of glory danced, radiant and bold, …

Hitler Goes to Paradise – A Short Story by Wajdi Al-Ahdal – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

A bizarre occurrence arose – I felt no shame over my nakedness! Not even my personal doctor had ever seen …

Burnings 6×4 – flash fiction – by Eman Al-Maziji – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

Brothers The state was struck in two parts, it shut its ancient door declaring danger, its sea was dyed red, …

The World Narrowed Around Me – by Karim Al-Iraqi – translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

The World Narrowed Around Me Like a coffin closing in, Hope was all that kept my spirit from dying. My …

The Decisive Discourse – by Esa Al-Azab and translated by Hatem Al-Shamea

O Lord… Your people have never clung to your rope alone But strayed and leaned on ropes other than yours …

In Wounds – by Abdullah Al-Baraduni

Alone behind despair… memories gnaw at me until I weaken And my artistic childhood… amazes me… from the heaviness of …

I Came From Sheba

By Abdulkareem Al-Ofairi I came from Sheba, reciting my rhyme, Wandering in lovestruck bliss so sublime Inebriated in rapture that …

Excess of Joy

a poem by Eman Assaeedi illusion, I thought the poem was an impenetrable wall that would not be held by …

Obsession

By Entesar Asseri She rushed with excitement to the toy store and started picking out lots of toys. She wanted …

Ahmed Abdo

Ahmed Abdo, the renowned Egyptian novelist and short story writer, has made significant contributions to the world of literature. Born …

Exhausting Rides

by Arafat Musleh Despite the lurch and joggle of the car on the dirt road enveloping me in a strange …

Al-Gharbi Emran

Al-Gharbi Emran is a renowned Yemeni novelist and short story writer. He has established himself as a prominent figure in …

Divan of Scales

by Isa Al-Azab Poetry is a death, and verses are its tombThe poets’ manuscripts are but memories of its doom …

Assassination

By Fatima Wahidi Her self-esteem and unwavering confidence in her abilities were the secrets behind her certainty that her life …

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