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The Atlas is proud to be partnering with the Hay Festival's Beirut39 contest, celebrating Beirut's year as UNESCO World Book Capital, to find the hottest authors under 40 of Arabic origin. Nominations are open until August 24th, 2009.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Calling All Scheherazades

Abebooks UK is running a 1,001 Nights competition: the prize is one of the 3,000 special limited edition box-sets of The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1,001 Nights, just released by Penguin. The three-volume set is a new translation by Malcolm and Ursula Lyons and has a recommended retail price of £125. This translation is the first into English from Arabic since Richard Burton’s seminal translation in the 1880s. The box-set also includes new translations from 18th century French of the so-called ‘orphan stories’, for which no original Arabic text remains.

To enter, write a beguiling, bewitching, brilliant story of exactly 1001 words (excluding the title), fiction or non-fiction. Jan 12th is the deadline!

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