Most of the writers who made it to the award's shortlists are Egyptians, with 16 novels.
The Man Booker International Prize has announced that six novels will be competing to win £50,000.
The names of the winning writer and novel will be announced in a virtual ceremony on May 25, due to the global pandemic.
The International Prize for Arabic Fiction [Booker Awards] announced the short list on March 29 from among the novels included in the long list. On May 25, 2021, the award-winning novel of the 14th edition will be announced.
Algerian writer Abdel Wahab Esawy received the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (Booker Award) in the 13th edition, for his novel "The Spartan Diwan" published by Dar Mim for Publishing in Algeria.
"Bareed el-Lail” (Night Mail) was selected at the International Prize for Arabic Fiction as the best fictional work published between July 2017 and June 2018.