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Once again this year KfW Stiftung and the Goethe-Institute Cairo are offering a writing workshop: Cairo Short Stories is aimed at outstanding young writing talents who live in Egypt and write in their mother tongue Arabic. They are invited to develop and discuss short stories in writing workshops under the direction of writer Wagdy El Komy. In addition, the workshops offer a platform for professional further education on the topics of editing, translation and publication.

Following the workshops, a jury of experts in Cairo will evaluate the texts produced and select the best ones, which will then be published in Arabic and in English and German translation.

Cairo Short Stories is a joint project of KfW Stiftung, Goethe-Institut Cairo and the Commonwealth Foundation to promote young writing talents in Egypt. Following the successful years of the Cairo Short Stories 2014, 2015 and 2018, the highly sought-after project will once again be carried out in Cairo. Further editions of the short stories also took place in Beirut (2016-2018) and Jericho (2018).

Further Information on the Website of the Goethe-Institut Egypt (German and Arabic). 

 

Review of Cairo Short Stories 2019:

Following the enormous response of the last years, the literature project “Cairo Short Stories” returns, supporting up-and-coming local writers and helping them to make international contacts. The project was developed in cooperation with KfW Stiftung, Goethe-Institut Cairo and Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, London.

The award-winning writer Wagdy El Komy took over the management of the writing workshop, which offers talented young literary talent in Egypt the opportunity to develop and discuss short stories together.

Following the announcement of the competition, 265 young Egyptians submitted samples of their work that were partly of exceptional literary merit. A jury composed of several eminent Egyptian literary pundits selected twelve participants for the workshops in June and July 2018. 

Shortlisted candidates:
Kamilla Hussein Hafez Ibrahim (Cairo)
Hend Ahmed Gaffer (Alexandria)
Israa Mokaydem (Cairo)

Jury:
Mohamed El Baaly (Publisher)
Shereen Abou El Naga (Author and Professor at University of Cairo)
Mansoura Ez-Eldin (Author and Journalist)
Tarek Emam (Author)
Mohamed Abd El Naby (Author and Translator)
Günther Orth (Translator)

Cairo Short Stories returns after last year’s overwhelming success: KfW Stiftung, Goethe-Institut Cairo and Litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature are continuing their literary project that supports up-and-coming local writers and helps them make international contacts. 
Award-winning author Abbas Khider will once again direct the writers’ workshop, giving talented new authors in Egypt an opportunity to write their own short stories and to discuss them with their peers. Following the announcement of the competition, 133 young Egyptians submitted samples of their work that were partly of exceptional literary merit. A jury composed of five eminent Egyptian literary pundits selected twelve participants for the workshops in April 2015 and is also responsible for picking the best story. 

Omaima Sobhi is the winner of the KfW Stiftung prize. She receives an invitation to Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2015 to showcase her story translated into German at Litprom's 'Weltempfang – Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation'. 

Jury: Shereen Abou El-Naga (literary scholar), Mohamed El Baaly (publisher), Mansoura Ez Eldin (author), Mohamed Kheir (author), Dr. Stephan Milich (reader in Arabic studies and translator), Karam Youssef (publisher) 

Events at Frankfurt Book Fair: 

Thursday, 15 October 2015, 4.30pm, Weltempfang (Hall 3.1 L 25) 

Award ceremony for the KfW Stiftung prize with the winner Omaima Sobhi 

Welcome 
Dr. Bernd Siegfried, Executive Director of KfW Stiftung 
Johannes Ebert, Secretary General of Goethe-Institut 
Juergen Boos, Director of Frankfurt Book Fair 

Reading and talk 
Stefan Weidner, Islamic studies scholar, translater, critic 
Omaima Sobhi, winner of the 2015 Cairo Short Stories prize 
Abbas Khider, author, director of the Cairo Short Stories writers' workshop 
Karam Youssef, editor, jury member of Cairo Short Stories 
Ingrid El Sigai, actress, reader of the German text 

Followed by reception 

Friday, 16 October 2015, 2.30pm, Weltempfang Salon (Hall 3.1 L 25) 

The next generation: Cairo Short Stories meets sexyunderground 

Talk in Arabic and German with participants in the Cairo Short Stories project and formerly in the Schreibzimmer workshop at Literaturhaus Frankfurt 
Amira El Ahl, journalist (moderator) 
Günther Orth (consecutive interpretation)

Cairo Short Stories is a literary project developed by KfW Stiftung and carried out in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Cairo and Litprom – the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature. It supports up-and-coming local writers in making international contacts and is intended to inspire dialogue with the Arab world. Talented new authors in Egypt were given an opportunity to create short stories at writers' workshops and to discuss them with their peers. Under the supervision of award-winning author Abbas Khider, eleven writers spent several days in three workshops at Goethe-Institut Cairo to draft their stories. The six women and five men from different parts of Egypt had previously been selected from among more than 118 entries by an expert jury of Arabic speakers, which was also responsible for choosing the three best stories. The KfW Stiftung prize was awarded to 24-year-old Arig Mohamed from Cairo. She is invited to the Frankfurt Book Fair 2014, where she will present her story translated into German at Litprom's "Weltempfang – Centre for Politics, Literature and Translation". The runners-up, Asmaa Elshikh (26, Alexandria) and Nahla Fahmy (24, Cairo), will likewise receive an invitation to Frankfurt's Book Fair and have their stories translated into German. 

Jury: Ghada Abdelaal (author), Shereen Abou El-Naga (literary scholar), Mohamed El Baaly (publisher), Mansoura Ez Eldin (author), Dr. Stephan Milich (reader in Arabic studies and translator), Karam Youssef (publisher), Jury chair: Abbas Khider (author) 

Events at Frankfurt Book Fair: 

Thursday, 9 October 2014 , 4.30pm, Weltempfang (Hall 5.0 E 81): 

Award ceremony for the KfW Stiftung prize with the winner Arig Mohamed, Dr. Ulrich Schröder, Board of KfW Stiftung (welcome address) Prof. Dr. h. c. Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, President of Goethe-Institut (welcome address) 
Dr. Stephan Milich, reader in Islamic studies (tribute to prize winner) 

Reading and talk with 
Iris Radisch, DIE ZEIT, arts editor-in-chief (moderator) 
Arig Mohamed, winner of the 2014 Cairo Short Stories prize 
Abbas Khider, author and director of the Cairo Short Stories writers' workshop 
Dr. Stephan Milich, reader in Islamic studies and jury member of Cairo Short Stories 
Maria Dragus, actress and reader of the German text 

Followed by reception 

Friday, 10 October 2014 , 2.30–3.30pm, Weltempfang (Salon, Hall 5.0 E 81): 

The next generation: Cairo Short Stories meets sexyunderground 

Talk in Arabic and German, consecutive interpretation by Günther Orth, with Matthias Göritz, workshop director and poet (moderator) Arig Mohamed, Asmaa Elshikh and Nahla Fahmy, participants in the Cairo Short Stories project and formerly in the Schreibzimmer workshop at Literaturhaus Frankfurt