The Sheikh Zayed Book Award continues to receive entries across all nine categories as the closure date for nominations draws close. With the wrap up of the nominations phase, the reading panels will begin the process of filtering, to be followed by the Award's judging panel's work to assess and evaluate the works.
According to Dr. Ali bin Tamim, Sheikh Zayed Book Award's Secretary-General, the Young Author category topped the list with 26 percent of the total nominations received, followed by the Literature category with 22 percent, and the Literary and Art Criticism category coming third with 12 percent.
Children's Literature was fourth with 11 percent of total nominations, closely followed by Best Contribution to the Development of Nations and Translation categories with 10 percent and 9 percent respectively. The Award received varying number of nominations in the remaining categories.
Speaking on the announcement, Dr. bin Tamim said, "For the second year in a row, the Young Author category tops the share of total nominations received, which highlights our successful reach to all young intellectuals and academics throughout the world. We thrive to honour intellectuals, researchers, writers, and translators, both young and seasoned, who have made significant contributions in literature, social sciences and the culture and knowledge of modern age from all over the world. And we take it as our duty to introduce new talents to the Arab readers and encourage creativity of youth."