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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.

When Pain Slumbers

When Pain Slumbers


by Eman Al-Saeedi

translated by Hatem Al-Shamea


The chemistry of the universe,
Bodies of pallor.
Where the green face of humanity withers
Like the veins of an aged wind.

In an existence of anxiety,
Half of it blood, and half of it whiteness.
For the fragility of silence it leans on a bullet,
And the hips of cities are the most lustful gravity.

Oh how the layers of misery sigh with the formation of ice.


March 26, 2015
A frightened date –
The dance of death since the start of oppression.
The science of sounds stuck in its genes.
It applauds for tragedy, for blood. For grief, for the final breath.
It studies how to compose between the rhythm of shelling, and
Between war, and love, between cowardice, and dream, and
between nations like a tortured hell.

The light piercing through the cracks of the unknown,
A beekeeper like the first slumber,
And the silence escaping from the lips of gunpowder cloaks
itself in the clamor of the brightest party.

Besieged between the rubble of war,

Like a virgin poem in the heart of a poet with no cathartic outlet,
Only there it lives, dies, and is resurrected.

The candles of birth are hidden on the shelves of a childhood
amputated of dreams.
Like the birthday of the exodus from paradise.

The apple of Adam,
Crippled on the eyelids of earth,
Carves a hole to hell.

Structures bloated with lust.
In the soul of clay it moans, and does not conceal itself on the
bed of a body of life.

Nothing here,
Except death walking dazzled by the blindness of inhumanity.

The gunpowder forced to absorb the pulse of the earth,
Daring ruin.
And here the gods,
Watch mercies stuck in the shears of war,
Did not set the wheel of death towards a field of nothingness.


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

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