Applications have opened for the third annual literary competition in honour of the late Egyptian writer Khairy Shalaby (1938-2011).
As in previous years, his family announced the new cycle of the award on Shalaby’s birthday, January 31. The name of the winner will be disclosed on September 9, the eleventh anniversary of his death.
Khairy Shalaby was one of the most prominent and prolific writers in the Arab world. He left more than 70 diverse literary works, distinguished by a mixture of reality and myth, historical fantasy, and magical realism inspired by folk fiction.
His awards included the First Class Medal of Science and Arts in 1981, and the State Appreciation Award in Literature in 2005. He received the Naguib Mahfouz Medal for Literature in 2003 for his novel “The Lodging House”.