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New Voices of Modern Arab Literature | The Writers

The Beirut39 competition set out to identify and honor writers who are at the start of their careers and who are often struggling to find a wider audience. The 39 writers that have been selected are some of the most exciting new voices of Arab literature, and hail from throughout the Arab world. [view map]

The "39 authors under 39" were chosen by a jury of four well-known and respected Arab writers, academics and journalists: Abdo Wazen, Saif al-Rahbi, Alawiya Sobh and Dr Gaber Asfour.

By the spring of 2013, 18 of the Beirut39 authors participated in the Alliance of Artists Communities' "New Voices of Modern Arab Literature" project, including:

Abdelaziz Errachidi Morocco
Abderrahim Elkhassar Morocco
Abdullah Thabit Saudi Arabia
Adania Shibli Palestine
Ahmad Yamani Egypt
Bassim al Ansar Iraq/Denmark
Hamdy el Gazzar Egypt
Hyam Yared Lebanon
Mansour El Souwaim Sudan
Nagat Ali Egypt
Najwan Darwish Palestine
Randa Jarrar Palestine/Egypt
Samuel Shimon Iraq/UK
Wajdi Mohammed Abdo Al-Ahdal Yemen
Yahya Amqassim Saudi Arabia
Yassin Adnan Morocco
Youssef Rakha Egypt
Zaki Baydoun Lebanon/Paris

Read biographies of the Beirut39 authors here

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