The Barjeel Poetry Prize is an international competition that invites poets around the world to respond to twenty works of Arab art from the 20th century organised by the UAE-based Barjeel Art Foundation.
The inaugural edition was judged by a panel of Naomi Shihab Nye, Hala Alyan, Raymond Antrobus, Tishani Doshi, Asmaa’ Azaizah, and Golan Haji. The panel announced the winners of the prizes in the categories of Arabic, English Arab Heritage, and English International for both adults and teens.
Adult: Islam Abdul Shahid Hanish (Arabic)
Youth: Batool Abu Akleen (Arabic) English, Arab Heritage
In addition to a monetary prize of $500 for winners and $250 for runners-up, poems will be published in the Beirut-based journal Rusted Radishes in the first week of January and will be displayed at Barjeel alongside the paintings.