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As part of it’s long term mission to develop the literary scene within the UAE, the Emirates Literature Foundation holds a range of annual competitions that offer prospective writers and students a chance to grow their skills and potentially get published.

Join us for the Festival’s popular Publishing Programme, where speakers from across the Arab world and further afield will present lively and interactive sessions aimed at publishing professionals, writers and all those with an interest in the industry.The Programme focuses on the book industry, with topics this year ranging from the benefits that books tracking can bring to the region, through representation in children’s books to new approaches to publicizing publishing in a rapidly changing industry.

PUBLISHING SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS

ELF PUBLISHING

The latest stop on the path to becoming a published author

The first evert global standard writers’ fellowship in the region for aspiring locally-based fiction writers, giving unprecedented access to renowned authors, literary agents and publishers across the world. Learn how to craft a novel from best-selling authors and industry experts, and take part in one-to-one mentorship sessions and workshops that will nurture and develop writing skills. Meet with editors and agents to give your manuscript the boost in needs to reach an international audience, and connect with fellow writers to give your career the support it deserves, long after the programme has been completed.

EMIRATES LITFEST WRITING PRIZE

Kickstart your publishing journey by winning a chance to discuss your manuscript
with leading literary agents

Did you know there are 13 times more webpages on the internet about German authors that there are Arabic ones? This makes finding content about Arab authors and books online a challenge.The Emirates Literature Foundation, in collaboration with The Nation Brand, UAE, and Wikipedia, is determined to change this. By recruiting volunteers to become trained Wikipedia editors the Kateb Maktub initiative seeks to multiply the number of pages about Arab authors by at least 10, further bringing Arabic literature into the global spotlight.