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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.

Yemeni Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories



Yemeni Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories
Edited & Translated by Hatem Mohammed Al-Shamea

This anthology provides English readers with a compelling selection of contemporary Yemeni short fiction from some of the country’s most prominent authors. Through 11 powerful stories translated sensitively by Hatem Mohammed Al-Shamea, the collection showcases a diversity of themes and styles that pull back the curtain on Yemeni cultural identities, society, and the impacts of ongoing conflicts.

Ranging from realist portraits of daily struggles to more symbolist examinations of memory and displacement, the stories tackle complex issues like gender, family, poverty, war and its aftermath with empathy and subtlety. Some offer glimpses into rural village life or the routines of urban centers, while others plunge readers directly into harrowing wartime experiences or the dilemmas of exile. Throughout, the translations do justice to each author’s vivid voices and storytelling talents.

With introduction and author biographies providing useful context, this anthology serves as an intriguing entry point for anglophone readers wanting to discover contemporary Yemeni fiction in its original form. It sheds light on underrepresented perspectives and pushes back against one-dimensional media portrayals, inviting us to perceive Yemen and its people in all their nuance and humanity through the eyes of its talented writers.


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Yemeni Writers: An Anthology of Short Stories