Continuing the multiculturalism trend….Posted: November 29, 2011
First off are the Albert Hourani Book awards. These are sponsored by the Middle East Studies Association, which is a scholarly organization. The guidelines read as follows:
- Books must be non-fiction scholarly monographs based on original research published in English between May 1, 2010 and April 30, 2011. Authors need not be members of MESA.
- Subject matter must deal with the Middle East. Areas primarily of interest include Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Israel, Pakistan, and the countries of the Arab World from the seventh century to modern times. Spain, Southeastern Europe, the Soviet Union and other regions also are included for the periods in which their territories were part of the Middle Eastern empires or were under the influence of Middle Eastern civilization.
- Works not eligible include edited collections and compilations, proceedings of symposia, new editions of previously published books, bibliographies, dictionaries, textbooks, and surveys.
- Nominations must be made by May 1, 2011, with books delivered to the readers by May 10, 2011, or books will not be eligible for the competition.
Winners are announced at the annual convention. Apparently, anyone willing to buy and distribute 6 copies of the book to the judging panel may submit a book for discussion.
Next, we have the awards given by the Middle East Outreach Council for children’s and YA books.
The Middle East Outreach Council established book awards in 1999 to recognize books for children and young adults that contribute meaningfully to an understanding of the Middle East. Award categories include picture books (for ages 3-8), literature for children or young adults, and reference books for children or young adults. Books are judged on the authenticity of their portrayal of a Middle Eastern subject, as well as on their characterization, plot and appeal for the intended audience.
Unfortunately, I couldn’t find any information about how the process works, but several of the winners (click link above) sounded really interesting.
For at least 2 years, the Moonbeam Awards for exemplary Children’s lit (over 30 categories, awarded both fiction and non-fiction books dealing with the Islamic world & faith. These awards were administered by Jenkins Publishing, again with very little info on the process, but a truly formidable list of winners.
The Islamic Writer’s Alliance sponsors a contest for Islamic Fiction and Poetry every year. Their definition of these categories is:
Islamic Fiction refers to creative, imaginative, non-preachy fiction books written by Muslims and marketed primarily to Muslims. Islamic Fiction may be marketed to mainstream markets, too. The content of these books may incorporate some religious content and themes, and may include non-fictionalized historical or factual Islamic content with or without direct reference to the Qur’an or the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). The stories may also include modern, real life situations and moral dilemmas.
Islamic Fiction does not include Harmful Content: vulgar language, sexually explicit content, unIslamic practices that are not identified as unIslamic, or content that portrays Islam in a negative way.
Islamic fiction authors intend for readers to learn something positive about Islam and benefit when they read Islamic fiction stories.
These are short-stories, which have NOT been published elsewhere. Part of the contest is being selected for future publication by the IWA. Teens and Adults are encouraged to enter, and there are links to winning efforts on the website above.
USA Book News, sponsor of the Best Books Awards, also has a Religion/Islam award. Other than touting itself as a marketing tool for publishers, there is no information I could find about this process. It IS a sister award for the International Book Awards mentioned in my post about Chick Lit. I would LOVE to like these awards, but they really feel like a publishing/marketing tool more than an award for exceptional writing. I don’t know. Sigh.
Thanks to a reader, I’m adding this award (yay!) American Muslim Womens Association Excellence in Media-Literary Arts Award. This is a group of professional, educated Muslim Women that began in the New England area & has spread nation-wide. There was no information about the award process or a list of winners, but the organization’s goals are wonderful.
All in all, I was pleased to see this group. In today’s politically charged climate, recognition of “good” material is crucial. JMHO. Again, if you know of additional awards for ANY of the groups I blog about, PLEASE let me know.