Nominations for the 2021 Middle East Book Award
Books published in the period between January 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021 are eligible to be nominated for the 2020 award. Books must address in a substantive way any part of the Middle East region, or any of its component peoples or cultures, either through expository text (non-fiction category) or through characterization, action and plot (picture book and youth literature categories). New editions of books previously published are eligible for consideration if the content has been significantly revised.
For purposes of this award, the Middle East is defined as: Afghanistan, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. Books set outside the region may be eligible for consideration if one or more main characters are from the Middle East and their origin or culture is pertinent to the plot of the book.
A committee of MEOC members, including teachers, librarians, outreach coordinators, and other educators select award winners (and, if deemed appropriate, honorable mention titles) in three categories:
Graphic novels may be judged within any of the above categories, depending on the intended age of the reader and genre.
NOMINATIONS FROM PUBLISHERS AND AUTHORS
Submissions open February 1, 2021!
Publishers are requested to submit five review copies of your book to:
Middle East Outreach Council
attn: Book Award Nominations
6620 Bay City Bend
Austin, TX 78725
For questions about the Middle East Book Awards, contact BookAwards@meoc.us.
NOMINATIONS FROM OTHER PARTIES
MEOC welcomes nominations from its members, other educators, publishers, and the general public.
Submit your nomination now! Deadline: June 1, 2021.
2020 MIDDLE EAST BOOK AWARD WINNERS
Download the press release announcing this year's winners.