Naji Naaman’s literary prizes 2011: 55 new prizewinners
With 1322 participants in competition, from fifty three countries, writing in twenty nine languages and dialects: Albanian, Arabic (literary and several spoken dialects), Aromanian, Bulgarian, Chinese, English, French, Galician, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Macedonian, Maya, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish and Ukranian, the ninth picking season of Naji Naaman’s literary prizes (2011) rewarded fifty five new prizewinners:
1- Encouragement prizes: Hayil Al-Muzabi (Yemen); Céline Dawalibi and Sana’ Sbeity (Lebanon).
2- Merit prizes: Paul-Ersilian Roşca (Romania); Josiane Michael Konagheu Chemou (Cameroon); Saber Al-Habacha (Tunisia-Bahrain); Iman Ash-Shafi’i (Egypt); ‘Abdus-Salam Al-Ja’mati, Tawfiq Bouchari and Yunus Lachhab (Morocco); Ra’id Ghunaym (Palestine); Athir Al-Hashimi (Iraq).
3- Creativity prizes: Noor Soogy-Bhat (Mauritius); Amal ‘Awwad Radhwan and ‘Izzat Abur-Rabb (Palestine); Carmen Cortez, Niculina Oprea, Goran Mrakic and Florentina Stanciu (Romania); Hassan An-Nawwab (Iraq-Australia); Khaled Khashan and Muhannad At-Takriti (Iraq); Tony Rebecchi (France); ‘Amar Boukhroufa (Djamel Jiji) and ‘Abdul-Lah At-Tawati (Algeria); Khalid Khraybish, Muhsin Al-Wakili, ‘Abdus-Sami’ Bensaber, Khadija Mouaddi, Mustafa An-Nafissi, Yussuf Al-Azraq and Kacem Loubay (Morocco); Hamid Al-Hajjam (Morocco-Singapore); Inaxio Goldaracena (Spain); Muhammad ‘Abbas ‘Ali (Egypt); Muhammad Akhras (Syria); Naji Younis, Ralda Karam and Lama Nasser (Lebanon).
4- Honour prizes (for complete works): Ahmed Hafdi (Moroccan writer); Alexandar Baljak (Serbian poet); Alexandar Cotric (Serbian poet); Angela Baciu (Romanian poetess and culture promoter); Arlette Homs (French poetess and authoress); Carolina Ilica (Romanian poetess, essayist and diplomat); Denis-Martin Chabot (Canadian playwright and novelist); Diablo (Zhang Zhi) (Chinese poet and critic); Fabrizio Caramagna (Italian poet); Gilbert Marquès (French man of theater, poet, musician, songwriter and novelist); Ioan Radu Vǎcǎrescu (Romanian poet and prose writer); Mesut Senol (Turkish poet, editor and radio TV presenter); Mieczysław Kosłowski (Polish poet); Nicole Barrière (French poetess and sociologist); Sabah Kharrat Zouein (Lebanese poetess and critic); Samira Kadiri (opera and soprano artist, researcher in Arabic music and Andalousian patrimony).
Furthermore, Mrs Samira Kadiri was appointed Extraordinary Ambassador for Gratis Culture by the FGC (Naji Naaman’s Foundation for Gratis Culture), while Mrs Carolina Ilica was appointed Honorary Ambassador for Gratis Culture by the same Foundation.
During next July, laureates will found their chosen texts printed (integrally or in part) in the prizes’ yearbook within the free of charge literary series, and shall receive an appropriate attestation giving them the honorary title of member of Maison Naaman pour la Culture.
Released in 2002, Naji Naaman’s literary prizes are awarded to authors of the most emancipated literary works in content and style, aiming to revive and develop human values.