International Prize for Arabic Fiction 2014 was announced on 7 January. Those selected were chosen from 156 entries from 18 countries, all titles were published within the last 12 months. The 2014 longlisted authors come from nine different countries, with the highest numbers from Morocco (Youssef Fadel, Ismail Ghazali, Abdelrahim Lahbibi), Iraq (Inaam Kachaci, Abdel Khaliq Al Rikabi, Ahmed Saadawi) and Egypt (Ibrahim Abdelmeguid, Ashraf Al Khamaisi, Ahmed Mourad). Ismail Fahid Ismail, is the second Kuwaiti to make the longlist time, following Saud Alsanousi’s (pictured right) success in 2013. Other contenders include Badryah El Bishr (Saudi Arabia), Antoine Douaihy (Lebanon), Amir tag Elsir (Sudan), Khaled Khalifa (Syria), Waciny Laredj (Algeria) and Ibrahim Nasrallah (Jordanian- Palestinian).