Beirut Short Stories 2016

Furtherance of young authors

The Announcement of the workshop participants is on February 17, 2016

After two successful years of “Cairo Short Stories”, the project for the promotion of young authors in the Middle East will be continued in Beirut in 2016. The Goethe-Institut Libanon, supported by the KfW-foundation, is offering workshops which will be headed by Mr. Hussain Al-Mozany.

“Beirut Short Stories” is addressed to talented young authors from various origins, living in Lebanon and writing in Arabic as their native language. These young talents are invited to develop and discuss short stories in the framework of writing workshops, headed by the author, journalist and translator Hussain Al-Mozany. Following the workshop, a special jury in Beirut will evaluate the texts.

What is the grant about?
Participation in three workshops at the Goethe-Institut Libanon:

  • Saturday/Sunday, March 5.-6., 2016
  • Friday/Sunday, March 11.-13., 2016
  • Saturday/Sunday, March 19.-20., 2016


  • Development of their own short story
  • Fostering of writing skills and –techniques ( language and style, build-up, structure, text-analysis)
  • Joint discussion
  • Professional feed-back and mentoring


  • Direction: Hussain Al-Mozany
  • Category: short-story
  • Language: Arabic
  • No subject restriction
  • Number of participants: 10-12
  • Coverage of local travel expenses and expenses for accommodation

Who can apply?

  • Talented new authors with first writing experience
  • Countries: no restriction. Condition: Native language Arabic and Lebanese residency
  • Age: 20-39
  • Mandatory participation in all three workshops.

Application procedure:

Criteria
  • Submission of personal text production ( complete short-story or main part of it, max. 20.000 characters incl. blanks)
  • Category: Short-story
  • Language: Arabic
  • Free subject
  • The submitted text should never have been published.
  • Application with personal data and passport scan through the online-application form of the Goethe-Institut Libanon
Procedure:
  • Selection by a jury of literary experts in Beirut
  • Anonymous selection: the texts will be handed to the jury without names.
  • Notification: February 17, 2016

About us:
The non-profit organization of KfW was founded in October 2012 in Frankfurt. It deals with major social issues such as globalization, environmental and climate protection as well as demographic changes. Focus of the cultural involvement is placed on the intercultural dialog in our globalized present. The KfW-foundation sets up platforms for the international contemporary arts, in order to reinforce creativity, freedom of expression and discursive ability, and to promote cultural diversity. The main goal is to encourage the exchange between cultural producers of Latin America, Africa, the middle-East and Asia by promoting local projects as well as international programs.

The Goethe-Institut e.V. is the Federal Republic of Germany’s cultural institute, active world-wide.
We promote the study of the German abroad and encourage international cultural exchange. Our cultural and educational programs encourage intercultural dialogue and enable cultural involvement. They reinforce the development of structures in civil society and foster worldwide mobility.

The Goethe-Institut Libanon organizes and supports a broad spectrum of cultural events. This is where art and artists, spirit and intellect from Germany encounter creative minds from Lebanon and the Arab world.

In addition to an interdisciplinary cultural program, the Goethe-Institut Libanon offers language courses and exams, and through its library and information center, it conveys a comprehensive and up-to-date image of Germany within a European framework.