A Journey Back Home

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230. It can be expressed in numerous ways. Two hundred and thirty, an increase of 277 % in the amount of works the first edition of the “Thousand Nights and Awakening” literary contest received, a tremendous success. And this is how we feel: ecstatic.

We have already started reading the stories that have been submitted to the “Two Thousand Nights and Awakening” literary contest and can say hands down that the entries look promising. While discovering some of the places into which our authors’ carefully selected metaphors breathe life, we have often had a hard time trying to curb our desires to immediately begin checking flights and planning our upcoming holidays.

The jury now needs to take some time to first allow our authors’ words to beguile them and then to break free from the finely woven spells. After all, the jury cannot allow them to cloud their good judgement when considering their final verdict on the five stories that deserve to ultimately emerge as the representatives of the five finalists. This is why we are hereby asking you to exercise ...Read more

Publication in Sukoon Magazine

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The Arabian Stories team is delighted to announce that the renowned literary magazine Sukoon has published the English version of the winning story from the One Thousand Nights and Awakening literary contest.

Sukoon is an independent online literary journal that is Arab-themed and published in English. Sukoon presents previously unpublished poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, visual art, book reviews, interviews, and occasionally translations that have been created by established and emerging writers and artists from the Arab world, as well as writers and artists who are not of Arab descent but have an Arab story or piece of art to share. Sukoon is published twice a year.

The founder and editor of Sukoon magazine is Rewa Zeinati, a Beirut-based Lebanese-American writer and poet. Her poetry chapbook, Bullets & Orchids, was published by Corrupt Press (Paris, 2013), and her creative nonfiction book, Nietzsche’s Camel Must Die, was published by Xanadu (Beirut, 2013). Her poems, essays, translations, and articles can be found in various journals and anthologies in the US, the UK, and the Arab region. Zeinati is also a part-time ...Read more

Closed for holidays

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Dear authors, readers, and admirers of Arabic literature,

The Arabian Stories team is going on vacation from October 23 to November 18, during which time we will be out of reach. We will use this opportunity to recharge our batteries and come up with new ideas to create a space for literature in this overly rigid world. Thank you for your patience. See you soon!

All good things come to an end …

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… and, sadly enough, the deadline for submitting new stories to the literary contest “One Thousand Nights and Awakening” has expired. Nonetheless, the team of the Arabian Stories project is happy to announce that the literary contest has received a large amount of submissions, which has set the first prize at 830 $ and the second prize at 150 $.

As of now, the jury will read and thoroughly evaluate all the submitted stories to choose among them the five ones they believe display higher literary qualities. These five finalists will be announced on September 15th, point at which the voting period will be opened for all the contestants to determine the first and second winners, which, in turn, will last for another two weeks time. The voting period will be explained in detail at the time the jury’s verdict on the five finalists is delivered and the stories of the five finalists get published in the Arabian Stories website.

After the awards of the literary contest “One Thousand Nights and Awakening” have been handed out, all the submitted stories will progressively be published in ...Read more

Last week to submit your stories!

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Where lies the meaning of this special place you have always wanted the entire world to see? Only you know it and we want you to share it with us for it to breathe through your words in different languages and outshine all expectations of how a place might look like. For more information, check the rules and guidelines of this literary contest.

We are waiting for you!