The shortlists for the 14th Sawiris Cultural Awards for the categories of emerging writer in the novel, short story and scenario fields were announced on Saturday.
There are awards for novels, short stories, scenarios, playwrights, and literary criticism, with each field divided into two sections: emerging and established writers.
The final winners will be announced at a ceremony at the Cairo Opera House on Friday 25 January.
Launched 14 years ago with an endowment from business tycoons Samih and Naguib Sawiris, the Sawiris Cultural Awards have become one of Egypt's most prestigious cultural awards.
Novels (emerging writers):
Fabrika by Ahmed El-Malawani
Qareeban Min Al-Bahga (“Near Pleasure”) by Ahmed Samir
Saraya El-Gaby “(El-Gaby Palace”) by Islam El-Banna
Ana Ahebek Ya Selima (“I Love You Selima”) by Sherif Said
Banat El-Pasha (“The Pasha's Daughters”) by Nora Nagi
Short stories (emerging writers):
La Ahad Yarthy Ketat Al-Madina (“No One Mourns the City Cats”) by Mohamed El-Hajj
Kolena Abo Al-Abeet (“We are All Abdo the Fool”) by Mahmoud Fateen
Al-Galesoon Taht El-Shorfa Hatta Taati Zeinab (“Those Who are Sitting Under the Balcony Until Zeinab Comes”) by Noha Mahmoud
Al-Maoot Yoreed An Aqbal Etizaroh (“Death Wants Me to Accept His Apology”) by Nahla Karam
Nushaterokom Al-Arawah (“We Share Your Souls”) by Yara Kamal
Scenario (emerging writers):
Dokko Al-Mazaher by Kahled El-Faris
Zeham (“Crowded”) by Mohamed Abdel-Kader
Badal Daya (“Replacement for a Lost Item”) by Mahmoud Ezzat
Roqaya by Youmna Akram Khattab
Fi Batn El-Hout (“In the Whale's Stomach”) by Amr Nayef and Ismail Sherif