In 2014 KfW Stiftung initiated the literature project Cairo Short Stories which aims to strengthen the cultural dialogue with the Arab world by supporting local up-and-coming writers and helping them make international contacts. It consists of workshops for talented young writers in the Middle East and events with these writers in Germany. After two years in Cairo (Cairo Short Stories 2014 and 2015) the project continued in Beirut (Beirut Short Stories 2016 und 2017). In 2018 the writers’ workshops take place in both cities
Following an open call, talented young authors writing in Arabic are invited to submit samples of their work and apply for writers’ workshops. A local jury of eminent literary pundits selects approximately ten participants for three workshops on the premises of Goethe-Institut Cairo/Beirut, each lasting several days. Directed by renowned authors (such as Abbas Khider, Dima Wannous), the participants develop short stories and discuss them with their peers in a protected space. They also improve their writing skills as receive further information on editing, translation and publication. After the workshops the jury meets again in order to review the short stories and to pick the best ones. These stories will be translated into English and published bilingually on “adda”, the online magazine of Commonwealth Writers, for an international audience.
Short Stories is a project by KfW Stiftung in cooperation with Goethe-Institut and Commonwealth Writers, the cultural initiative of the Commonwealth Foundation, London. From 2014 to 2016 an additional partner was Litprom –the Society for the Promotion of African, Asian and Latin American Literature, Frankfurt.