Winners of the Best Poem Award
The First Edition 1990
The First Edition of the Best Poem Award was Jointly Given To:
Poetess Aliya Muhammad Ahmed Al-Ja’ar.
* Born in Tanta, Egypt, in 1935.
* Passed away in 2004.
* She received the fundamentals of the Arabic language from her father, memorized many poetry collections, and read numerous literary works. She then joined the Faculty of Law at Cairo University and graduated from it in 1960.
* She was a lawyer, then she joined the National TV. She progressed through various until she reached the rank of Director General of Legal Affairs at the National TV.
* She served as member of the Board of Directors of the Authors and Composers Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Writers Union, member of the Lawyers Syndicate, member of the Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, member of the Cultural Committee at the Opera House, and member of the Poets Club.
* She has composed numerous songs.
* She has also written television programs and evenings related to many religious occasions, as well as theatrical productions based on Islamic history, the Prophet's biography, and the lives of the Prophet’s companions.
* She represented Egypt in Arab Lawyers' Conferences and participated in the Murbad Poetry Festival for several years.
* Among her Collections of Poetry: “I am in Love”, in 1968, “I Challenge the World with Your Love”, in 1977, “You are a Stranger, My Heart” in 1983, and “daughter of Islam” in 1987.
* She was an exemplary student at Cairo University and received the University Theater Medal. She also won the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Award for Poetic Creativity, specifically for the Best Poem category in 1990.
Poet Muhammad Abdulrahman Al-Halawi.
* Born in Fez, Morocco in 1922.
* Passed away in 2004.
* He was born in the city of Fez and was raised in a family known for their virtue and righteousness, which directed him towards building a strong relationship with mosques and Katateeb (pre-school religious and educational mini-schools).
* He graduated from Al-Qarawiyin University with a Bachelor's degree in Arabic language and its sciences in 1947.
* Served as a teacher in secondary education and the Higher Teachers' School, and later as a secondary education inspector until his retirement in 1983.
* His passion and love for poetry started in his twenties.
* During his youth, he witnessed the conflict between Salafism and religious deviation, as well as the political struggle against colonialism. He expressed his opinions through his writings, which led to his imprisonment and torture in detention centers.
* Among his Collections of Poems: “Melodies and Echoes” in 1965, “Candles” in 1988, and “Leaves of Autumn” in 1986.
* He also wrote a play called “Anwal” in 1986.
* He also authored the dictionary “Mu'jam Al-Fusha fi Al-'Amiyya Al-Maghribiya” (The Classical Arabic in the Moroccan Dialect).
* He received numerous awards, including the First Throne Award on national holidays, the First Prize in the Festival of Habib Bourguiba in 1980, awards from the Ministry of Awqaf (Religious Affairs), the Highest Merit of Honor from the Royal Military Academy, the Lisan Al-Din ibn Al-Khatib Cup in Poetry in 1989, and the Poetry Creativity Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 1990.
* Prominent scholars and writers who wrote about him include Zakie Abou Shady, Adib Al-Makawi, and Abdulkarim Ghallab.
The Second Edition 1991
The Second Edition of the Best Poem Award was jointly given to:
Poet Habib bin Ma’allah bin Ma’eedh Al-Mutairi
* Born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1969.
* He holds a Bachelor's degree in Arabic language, a Master's degree in Children's Story Literature, and a Ph.D. in Children's Theater.
* He works as an Assistant Professor of Modern Literary Criticism at the College of Arabic Language at Imam Muhammad bin Saud Islamic University in Riyadh.
* His poetry collections include: "Nawafidh Al-Shams" (Sun Windows), in 2000, "Agharid Shaza" (Melodies of Shaza), in 2000, "Nathith Al-Saqqa", in 2000, and "Lughah Okhra" (Another Language).
* His other works include: "Al-Tifl" (The Child) play - A Critical Study, "Qisas Al-Atfal" (Children's Stories) - A Critical Study, "Amali Abu Al-Fada" - Essays, "Al-Sirah Al-Nabawiyyah Lil-Nashi'a" (The Prophetic Biography for Youth) - Book, "Hawariyat Yasser" (Yasser's Dialogues) - For Children, and "Majmu'at Ayyami Al-Jameelah" (My Beautiful Days) - For Children.
* His poetic works have been published in many magazines including: "Al-Muslimoon," "Al-Jihad," "Al-Sharq Al-Saudiyyah," "Al-Majallah Al-Arabiyyah," "Al-Haras Al-Watani," and "Al-Da'wah".
* He received an award in poetry and short story from Imam Muhammad bin Saud University in 1988, the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Award for Poetic Creativity for the Best Poem in 1991, and the Madinah Al-Munawwarah Award for Scientific Research in 2001.
Poet Rabih Muhammad Lotfi Gomaa
* Born in Cairo in 1928.
* Passed away in 2006.
* He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Law in 1951.
* He was appointed in the Public Prosecutor's Office and progressed through various judicial positions until he reached the position of Deputy Chief Justice of the Court of Cassation. He later became the Deputy Chief Justice of the Supreme Constitutional Court. After his retirement, he was appointed as a consultant at the Supreme Court of Values until 1991.
* He began composing poetry at an early age and published many of his poems in Arabic magazines such as "Al-Ahram," "Al-Zaman," "Minbar Al-Sharq," and "Al-Muqtataf." He also published dozens of articles and studies on literature, criticism, and language in publications such as "Al-Arabi" (Kuwait), "Al-Faisal," "Al-Majallah Al-Arabiyyah," "Al-Munahil," and "Al-Darah" (Saudi Arabia), "Al-Fikr" and "Al-Shu'r" (Tunisia), "Al-Doha" and "Al-Ma'thurat Al-Sha'abiyah" (Qatar), and "Al-Shu'r" (Cairo).
* Among his Publications: "The Tripartite Aggression," "The Security Situation during the Reign of King Abdulaziz," and "Mohammed Lotfy Gomaa and These Luminaries."
* He won first place in the Al-Zaman newspaper competition in 1951, and in the literary competition of Al-Taif Club in 1986. He also received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Award for Poetic Creativity for the Best Poem in 1990.
The Third Edition 1992
The Third Edition of the Best Poem Award was Jointly Given To:
Poet Hassan Tawfiq Mahmoud Muhammad
* Born in Shubra District of Cairo, Egypt, in 1943.
* He passed away on July 1st, 2014.
* He obtained his Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Arts - Cairo University in 1965, and his Master's degree from the same faculty in 1978.
* He served as the director of the office of the Chairman of the General Authority for Books, and as the head of the Poetry Committee at the General Authority for Arts in Egypt.
* Since 1979, he has been working as the head of the Cultural Department at the Qatari newspaper Al-Rayah.
* He is a member of the Egyptian Literary Association and the Egyptian Writers' Union.
* Among his Poetry Collections: "Blood in the Gardens" in 1969, "I Love to Say No" 1971, "Poems of a Lover" 1974, "When the Dream Becomes a Sword" 1978, "Awaiting the Future" 1989, "The Story of the Deluge from Noah to Al-Qursani" 1989, "Her Face is an Endless Poem" 1989, "What Sinbad Saw" 1991, "Layla Loves Layla" 1996, "Poetic Works" 1998, "I Loved Two" 1999,
"Baghdad Betrayed Me - Poems and Maqams in Love of Iraq" 2004, "The Madman of the Arabs Between the Thunder of Anger and Nights of Melody" 2004, "The Night of the Capture of the Madman of the Arabs" 2005, "The Rose of Radiance" 2006, and "I Love You, O Human" 2008.
* Among his Works: "Trends in Free Verse Poetry", "Ibrahim Nagi: Unknown Poems", "The Poetry of Badr Shakir Al-Sayyab", "The Complete Poetic Works of Dr. Ibrahim Nagi", "Gamal Abdel Nasser: The Leader in the Hearts of Poets", "Journeys of a Romantic Poet" (2001), and "Mohammed bin Khalifa Al-Attiyah: A Poet and a Human Being" (Editing, 2004)
* He received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Prize for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category in 1992.
Poet Saif bin Muhammad bin Saif Al-Ramdhani
* Born in Surur (Wilayat Samaa’el), Oman, in1968.
* After completing his secondary education at the Islamic Secondary Institute in 1986, he joined the College of Education and obtained a bachelor's degree in Arabic language and education from Sultan Qaboos University in 1990. He then pursued a master's degree in “Education” in 1990 and a Ph.D. in “Higher Education Policies” from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom in 2003.
* He is the head of the Media Committee at the State Council.
* He has a poetry collection titled "Rifiyah" (A Countryside Girl) published in 1992.
* His poetry has been published in several local and Arab newspapers and magazines, such as “Bahrain”, “Oman” newspaper, “Al-Usra” magazine, “Al-Muntada”, “Al-Majallah Al-Arabiyyah”, and others.
* He achieved first place in poetry in the Cultural Affairs of Youth Competition in 1987, 1988, and 1989, the first place at the level of Sultan Qaboos University in 1988, second place in the Rashid bin Humaid Prize in 1989, and received the Best Poem Award (jointly) from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Prize for Poetic Creativity in 1992.
The Fifth Edition 1996
The Winner of the Fifth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Muhammad Muhammad Al-Shahawi
* He was born in 1940 in Kafr El Sheikh Governorate, Egypt.
* He pursued some studies at Al-Azhar.
* He works as the Head of Public Culture at Kafr El Sheikh Cultural Palace.
* He is a member of the Writers Union, member of the Writers and Artists Group at the Atelier Cairo, and a member of the editorial team of "Sanabel" magazine and the Editor-in-Chief of "Ishraqa" magazine.
* He has published his poems in newspapers and magazines in Egypt and some Arab countries, such as "Al-Majallah," "Al-Katib," "Ibdaa," "Al-She’r," "Al-Qahira," "Al-Izaa'ah wa al-Television," "Al-Thaqafa al-Jadeeda," "Al-Mawqif al-Arabi," "Al-Bayan," "Al-Tali'ah al-Adabiyyah," "Al-Ahram," "Al-Jumhuriyya," and "Al-Yawm."
* He has represented Egypt in several Arab festivals.
* His Poetry Collections include: "Thawrat al-She’r" (The Revolution of Poetry) 1962, "Qulto la al-She’r" (I Said to Poetry) 1973, and "Musafir fi al-Tufan" (Traveler in the Deluge) 1986.
* He also has two poetry collections awaiting publication; one of which is by the General Egyptian Book Organization: "Ishraqat al-Tawhid" (Illuminations of Solitude) and the other by the General Authority for Cultural Palaces: "Lil-Shi'r Wajh al-Bahr... Wajh al-Hilm" (For Poetry is the Face of the Sea... the Face of the Dream).
* His Publications include: "Anwar al-Ma'adawi" and "Shair al-Barari Muhammad al-Sayyid Shihata" and "Salih al-Sharnubi".
* He was honored at the First Celebration of Art and Culture and at the First Conference for Egyptian Writers in the Provinces. He received first prizes in the years 64, 65, 73, 74, and 1975.
* He received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category in 1996.
The Sixth Edition 1998
The Winner of the Sixth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Jassim Muhammad Ahmed Al-Suhayeh
* He was born in 1964 in the village of Al-Jufr in Al-Ahsa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
* After completing his intermediate school certificate, he studied for five years at Aramco, then he was sent on a scholarship to the United States of America for four years, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering.
* His literary inclinations appeared since his childhood, but he only entered the field of poetry a few years ago.
* His poetry collections include: "Thalli Khalifati Alikum" (My Shadow Is My Successor to You) 1993, "Raqsat 'Irfaniyah" (A Dance of Gratitude) 1998, "Hama'im Taknis Al-'Itmah" (Doves Sweeping Darkness) 1999, "Olympiad al-Jasad" (Olympics of the Body) 2000.
* He has published a collection of his poems in the newspaper "Al-Yawm," which is published in Dammam, Saudi Arabia, as well as in some Gulf magazines and newspapers.
* From Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity, he received its award for the Best Poem in 1998, and the Best Poetry Collection titled "Ma Wara Hangarat Al-Mughanni" (Beyond the Singer's Throat) in the 13th edition of the Foundation’s awards.
The Seventh Edition 2000
The Winner of the Seventh Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Muhammad Awaadh Al-Thubaity
* He was born in 1371 AH/1925 in the Taif region, Saudi Arabia.
* He received his primary education in Taif, then moved to the Holly Makkah, where he continued his intermediate and secondary education.
* He graduated from the Teacher Training Institute in Makkah in 1392 AH/1972 CE, and then obtained a bachelor's degree in sociology from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah in 1400 AH/1980 CE.
* He worked as a teacher in the elementary stage until 1404 AH/1984 CE, and then moved on to work in the education administration in Makkah.
* He received the Jeddah Literary Club Award for his poetry collection "Al-Tadarees" (Landscapes) in 1991.
* His poetry collections include: "Ashiqat Al-Zaman Al-Wardi" (Lover of the Pink Era) 1982, "Tahjit Halman... Tahjit Wahman" (I Chanted a Dream... I Chanted an Illusion) 1984, "Al-Tadarees" (Landscapes) 1986.
* He received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category in 2000.
The Eighth Edition 2002
The Winner of the Eighth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Ahmed Bikhait
* He was born in 1966 in Asyut Governorate, Egypt.
* He studied in Cairo and completed his primary, preparatory, and secondary education there.
* He then joined the Faculty of Dar Al-Ulum and graduated in 1989.
* He worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Literary Criticism at the Faculty of Arabic Studies - Cairo University - Fayoum Branch, and later devoted himself to writing.
* He began writing poetry in 1985 and participated in several public festivals.
* His poetry collections include: "La Tus'ali" (Don't Ask) 1986, "Watan Bi-Hajm 'Uyunnā" (A Homeland the Size of Our Eyes) 1989, "Wada'an Ayyatuha Al-Sahra'a" (Farewell, O Desert) 1998, "Layla Shahd Al-Izlah" (Layla Witnessed Isolation) 1998, "Samt Al-Kalim" (The Silence of the Word) 2000.
* His works include: "Abqariyat Al-Adaa' fi Shi'r Al-Mutanabbi" (The Genius of Performance in Mutanabbi's Poetry).
* He received the first prize in poetry from the Supreme Council of Culture in 1987, 1988, and 1989.
* He also received an Encouraging Prize from the Ministry of Culture in literary criticism.
* In 1989, he was awarded the “Shield of Universities in Poetry” and the “Shield of Universities in Literary Research”. The Faculty of Dar Al-Ulum awarded him a certificate of appreciation for his excellence in the field of poetry.
* He received the State Encouragement Award in Poetry in 2000 and the Best Poem Award from the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity in 2002.
* Several individuals have written about him, including Mohammed Ibrahim Abu Senna, Ibrahim Eissa, Mustafa Iraqi, Abdel Fattah Othman, and Shafei Al-Sayed.
The Ninth Edition 2004
The Ninth Edition of the Best Poem Award was Jointly Given To:
Poet Dr. Abdulrahman Bu Ali
* Born on March 11, 1954, in the city of Oujda, Kingdom of Morocco.
* He obtained his Ph.D. in Arabic literature in 1991, specializing in modern literature, from Mohammed V University in Rabat.
* He has been a Higher Education Professor (Level B) since 1995 at Mohammed I University in Oujda, Morocco.
* He is a Higher Education Professor (Level B) at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities in Oujda.
* He is the Head of the Training and Research Unit in Modern and Contemporary Maghrebi Literature.
* His Poetry Collections include: "Asfar Dakhil Al-Watan" (Journeys within the Homeland) 1997, "Al-Walad Al-Da'iri" (The Circular Boy) 1982, "Warda Lil-Zaman Al-Mustahil" (A Rose for the Impossible Time) 1984, "Al-Anashid Wal-Marathi" (Songs and Elegies) 1995, and "Tahawulat Yusuf Al-Maghribi" (Transformations of Yusuf Al-Maghribi) 2003.
* Among his publications:"Fi Naqd Al-Manahij Al-Mu'asirah" (In Critique of Contemporary Methodologies), Dar Al-Ma'arif Al-Jadida Publishing House - Rabat 1994, "Al-Tahlil Al-Simyutiqi Lil-Nass Al-Shu'ri" (Semiotic Analysis of the Poetic Text), Dar Al-Ma'arif Al-Jadida Publishing House - Rabat 1994, "Nazariyat Al-Qira'a: Min Al-Biniwiyah Ila Jamalat Al-Talqi" (Theories of Reading: From Structuralism to Aesthetics of Reception) - Dar Al-Josoor Publishing House 1995, "Al-Maghama Al-Riwayyah" (The Narrative Adventure) (1948 - 1980) - Mafatih Al-Ma'arifah Publishing House - Mohammed I University - Morocco 1996, and "Nabil Suleiman: A Century of Novelistic Writing" - Al-Hiwar Publishing House - Damascus - Syria 1996.
* He (jointly) received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category 2004.
Poet Sayed Ahmed Morsi
* Born in Egypt on October 22, 1973.
* He holds a Bachelor's degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Sciences from the Faculty of Dar Al-Ulum at Cairo University - Faiyum Branch.
* He is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Linguistics with a research topic titled: "Sentence Structure in the Language of Official Writing at the Ministry of Higher Education - A Descriptive-Historical Study in Light of Generative-Transformational Theory."
* He works as a Specialist in Cultural Activities at the Ministry of Higher Education in Egypt.
* His creative works include: A published poetry collection titled "Ana Ayyadan La Amna'a Fami" (I Also Do Not Silence My Mouth) 2005, a handwritten poetry collection titled "Al-Kharijoon 'An Al-Nass" (Those Beyond the Text), a poetry collection in the form of an extended poem titled "Al-Radd 'ala Oriyana Flatchi" (Response to Oriana Fallaci), poetized the complete prose play “Princess of Andalusia” by the Prince of Poets, Ahmed Shawqi, two poetic plays titled "Mahkamat Al-Ghaba" (Forest Court) and "Al-Zeer Salem" (Zeer Salem), and a play titled "Thawra Fi Masrah Al-Arayis" (Revolution in Puppet Theater).
* He received the Encouragement State Prize for Poetry in 2006.
* He (jointly) received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category in 2004.
The Tenth Edition 2006
The Winner of the Tenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Jamil Abdulrahman
* He was born in Sohag Governorate, Egypt, in 1948.
* He holds a diploma in Advanced Studies from Ain Shams University, Faculty of Commerce, in 1979.
* He is a member of the Writers Union of Egypt and a member of the editorial board of "Al-Thaqafa Al-Jadida" magazine, published by the General Authority for Cultural Palaces.
* Among his poetry collections: "On the Shores of the Unknown" (1971), "Pains of the Second Birth" (1973), "Why Do They Separate Me from You" (1981), "Flowers from the Garden of Exile" (1981), "Birds Die to Confess" (1982), "A Smile in the Time of Crying" (1986), "And in the Face of Our Dispersal, We Confess" (1992), "In the City of Tin Faces" (1993), "Clusters of Embers" (1999), "A Rose in the Lapel of Jerusalem" (2001), "The Remaining Song of Confession" (2002), "The Bleeding of Palm Trees" (2003), and "And the Days Squandered My Blood" (2005).
* He won the first prize in the Ministry of Culture competition (Popular Culture) in 1977-1978, as well as the President of the Republic Prize for Young Poets on the First Anniversary of Art and Culture in 1979, and he received the Encouragement State Prize in 1995.
* He received the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity - Best Poem category in 2006.
The Eleventh Edition 2008
The Winner of the Eleventh Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
The Poetess Nabila Al-Khateeb
* She was born in 1962 in Al-Zarqa city, Jordan.
* She grew up in the village of Al-Badhan in Palestine and obtained her secondary education in Jordan. She then obtained a diploma of Community Colleges in English language and a bachelor's degree in English language from the University of Jordan.
* She works in the field of teaching.
* Her poetry collections: "Saba Al-Badhan" (Childhood at Al-Badhan) (1996).
* She participated in numerous poetry festivals and has published some of her poetry in local and Arab newspapers.
* She won the first prize in the Jordanian Writers Association competition in 1996.
The Twelfth Edition 2010
The Winner of the Twelfth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Faris Najem Abd Harraam
* He was born in 1972 in Al-Najaf, Iraq.
* He obtained a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from the University of Baghdad.
* He worked as the chief editor of a German radio program in 2004 and as a distinguished journalist in the field of literature, culture, and arts in several countries for the radio program "360 Degrees."
* He also served as a linguistic supervisor for the magazines "Arab Horizons" and "Al-Talia'a Al-Adabiya" in Baghdad from 1992 to 2003.
* He contributed to writing the screenplay for the Iraqi film "Not Fit for Display."
* He is a member of the Union of Iraqi Writers and Authors.
* He is a member of the Union of Arab Writers and Authors.
* His publications include: "Once," a poetry collection published in 2005, and "Iraq, 360 Degrees," which is a book of travels and cultural encounters that he co-authored with writer Abdul-Muhsin Saleh in 2007.
* Among the awards he received:
“Al-Sharjah Award for Arab Creativity in Poetry” in 2005,
“Oran International Film Festival Award” in Algeria in 2007,
“Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity, Best Poem category for his poem ‘About Him And His People” in the twelfth edition in 2010
“Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity of the Best Poem in the tenth edition in 2006”
“Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity of the Best Poem in the eleventh edition in 2008”
“Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity of the Best Poem in the twelfth edition in 2010”
The Thirteenth Edition 2013
The Winner of the Thirteenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Al-Mekky bin Ali Al-Mekki
* He was born in 1977 in Ghar El Melh, Province of Bizerte, Tunisia.
* He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Arabic language and literature from the College of Arts in Manouba, obtained in 2003, and is currently preparing a master's thesis on the latest writing experiences of Mahmoud Darwish.
* He works as a secondary school teacher in the Tunisian Ministry of Education.
His poetry collections: "The Sin of Beginning" in 2010, and "This is My Kingdom" in 2011.
* Important awards he has received: “The Bréviaire/El Chebbi French-Tunisian Award” in 2001, “The Tunisian City of Sciences Poetry Award” in 2002, “The Maghreb Mufdi Zakaria Award” in 2002, and “The Ministry of Higher Education Award” in 2004.
* Winner of the Best Poem Award in the thirteenth edition of Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation Award of Poetic Creativity in 2013.
The Fourteenth Edition 2014
The Fourteenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was Jointly Given To:
Poet Ahmed Abdou Ali Al-Jahmi
* Born in Yemen in 1976.
* He holds a Master's degree in Educational Technology from the University of Jordan with distinction.
* Literary Activities and Achievements: He is a Founding member of the Creativity Foundation in Sana'a, member of the "Harf" Literary Forum in Sana'a, founder of the "Forum for Literary Criticism" initiative, member of the Board of Directors of the Poets and Writers Cultural Association.
* Several of his poems have been published in electronic literary forums.
* Multiple poems of him were published in literary magazines such as "Aqlam Jadida" published by the University of Jordan, Amman.
* Some of the awards he has received: First place winner in the competition organized by the Poets and Writers Cultural Association, 2012, Second place winner in the Modern Era Poets competition, 2013, Third place winner of the Nasser Al-Din Al-Assad Award, Jordan, 2008, Fourth place winner in Al-Qusiyah Literature competition, Egypt, 2014, and Winner of the Best Poem Award (jointly) in the fourteenth edition of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity, which was titled "Abi Tammam Al-Ta'i Session" in Marrakech, 2014.
Poet Samir Mustafa Farraj
* Born in Egypt on January 1st, 1966.
* He holds a Bachelor's degree in Arabic Language and Islamic Sciences from the Faculty of Dar Al-Ulum, Cairo University, 1990.
*He works in journalism.
* Winner of the Best Poem Award (jointly) in the fourteenth edition of the Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Cultural Foundation Award for Poetic Creativity, which was titled "Abi Tammam Al-Ta'i Session" in Marrakech, 2014.
* Books published by him include:
First, Poetry Collections:
"Al-Aaton Min Rahm Al-Ghadab" (Those Coming from the Womb of Anger), Yafa Center for Studies and Research, 1999.
"Kitab Al-Wa'd" (The Book of Promise), in collaboration with Dr. Jabir Qumayha, Yafa Center for Studies and Research, 2002.
"Warqah Akhira Lil-Wujuh Al-Awwali" (A Final Note to the First Faces), 1st edition, Yafa Center for Studies and Research, 2003. 2nd edition, Kinda for Arab Media Publishing House, 2005.
"Kibriya' Al-Waqt" (The Pride of Time), Kinda for Arab Media Publishing House, 2008.
"Kafil Al-Shams" (The Guardian of the Sun), Kinda for Arab Media Publishing House, 2010.
"Al-Mushtaha" (The Desired), Special Edition, 2012.
Second, Literary Studies:
"Shu'ara' Qatalahum Shu'arahum" (Poets Killed by Their Poetry), Madbouli Al-Saghir Publishing House, 1997.
"Kayfa Tasbah Sha'iran" (How to Become a Poet), 1st edition, Special Edition, 2003. 2nd edition, Kinda for Arab Media and Publishing, 2006. 3rd edition, Special Edition, 2014.
"Farouq Shousha" (A Tribute Book in Collaboration with Others), Al-Naeem Bin Masoud Series and Al-Muhyesh Cultural Forum in Saudi Arabia.
"Al-Qasr" (The Palace), Play, Kinda for Arab Media Publishing House, 2008.
* Books published in the form of article series:
"Rasa'il Min Al-Tareekh Al-Islami" (Letters from Islamic History), "Min A'lam Al-Andalus" (From the Figures of Al-Andalus), "Min Diwan Al-Tawqiat" (From the Diwan of Signatures, and "Min Ghara'ib Al-Alqab" (From the Wonders of Titles), each published as a separate series of 30 articles in “Al-Khaleej” newspaper, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
"Al-Ma'arik Al-Adabiya" (Literary Battles), "Rihlat Makhtuta" (The Journey of a Manuscript), each published as a separate series of 20 articles in “Al-Khaleej” newspaper, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates.
"Min Rijal Al-Hadith" (From the Men of Hadith), published as a series of 15 articles in Al-Rai Al-Am newspaper, Kuwait.
"Ulama' Wa Mawaqif" (Scholars and Positions), published as a series of 20 articles in Al-Watan newspaper, Kuwait.
* He has received several awards, including:
Al-Burda Award, First Place, for his poem "Taa'm Al-Diya" (The Taste of Sunrise), United Arab Emirates, 2010.
Best Poem Award on Palestine and Resistance, International Campaign Against Zionist Aggression, 2008.
Makkah Poet Mohammed Hassan Faqi Award, for the poetry collection "Warqah Akhira Lil-Wujuh Al-Awwali" (A Final Note to the First Faces), Yamaani Cultural Foundation, 2005.
Egypt’s ‘State Encouragement Award’ for the collection "Al-Aton Min Rahm Al-Ghadab" (Those Coming from the Womb of Anger), Arab Republic of Egypt, 2003.
First place in the Supreme Council of Culture competition for four consecutive years (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993), Arab Republic of Egypt.
First place in the British Council competition in 1989.
First place in the "Iqra" competition for several consecutive years.
First place in the Dar Al-Ulum Club competition, 1990.
In addition, he received many other awards in different fields of culture and sciences.
* He has also been honored by several institutions, including:
Ministry of Culture in Egypt, for his role in enriching the cultural life, in 1984 and 1987.
Abdulaziz Saud Albabtain Foundation for Poetic Creativity.
Al-Naeem (Ithnainia) Monday Meetings in Al-Ahsa, Saudi Arabia.
World Seminar of Muslim World’s Youth.
International Islamic Literature Association.
Ahmed Shawqi Museum (Karmat Bin Hani).
Ministry of Culture and Community Development in the United Arab Emirates.
Al-Ahsa Literary Club in Saudi Arabia.
* Several critical studies have been written about him, including:
"Shabakat Al-Ilaqat'" (The Network of Relations) in his poem "Al-Aton Min Rahm Al-Ghadab" (Those Coming from the Womb of Anger), a chapter in the book "Al-Lughah wa Bunaa Al-Shi'r" (Language and Poetry Structure) by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Hamasa Abdullatif.
"Al-Tarkib Al-Ibtikari fi Shi'r Samir Faraj" (Innovative Structure in the Poetry of Samir Farraj), by Dr. Jabir Qumayha, Al-Quds Magazine.
"Shu'ara' Yusbahuna Didd Al-Tayyar" (Poets Swimming Against the Current), by Farouq Shousha, Al-Ahram newspaper.
"Samir Farraj wa Kibriya' Al-Waqt" (Samir Faraj and the Pride of Time), by Farouq Shousha, Al-Ahram newspaper.
* He has participated in numerous festivals and conferences in the Arab world.
The Sixteenth Edition 2018
The Winner of the Sixteenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
The Poetess Marwa Halawa
* She was born in the city of "Hama" in Syria in 1972.
* Obtained two Bachelor degrees: the first in Sciences in 1994, and the second in Arabic Language and Literature in 2003.
* Literary Works:
Play: "The Little Bird" for children, published by the Girls' Clubs Award in Sharjah, UAE, in 1998.
Poetry Collection: "City Without Sky," published by the Ministry of Culture in Syria in 2002.
Poetry Collection: "Asi Al-Qamar" (Moon Rebel), manuscript.
Poetry Collection: "On the Verge of Light," manuscript.
The Seventeenth Edition 2020
The Seventeenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was Jointly Given To:
The Poetess Kawther Muhammad Habib Al-Zain
* Born in Tunis, Tunisia on January 10th, 1965.
* Holds a Bachelor's degree in Anesthesia from the Faculty of Medicine, Tunisia.
* She is a writer, journalist, and poet from Tunisia, residing in Palestine.
* Editor and presenter of cultural programs at the Palestinian Broadcasting Corporation/Ramallah.
* Additionally, she is engaged in freelance writing in cultural journalism within Palestine and the Arab world.
* Literary Works: "Witness to the Stone Age" (published by the Palestinian House of Poetry, 2003), and "Snapshots of the Third Eye" (published by the Ugarit Foundation, 2005).
* Works awaiting publication: "For Mais Al-Samuel," "The Blossoming Tree of Distance," "I Dedicate My Silence to You," and "At the Crossroads of Two Centuries."
The Poetess Nijood Abdulraqeeb Al-Qadi
* Born in Yemen.
* She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Dentistry.
* Literary Works: Poetry collection titled "Memory of Sand and Echo" (2017), "Water Fires" (a poetry collection), "Sugar Butterflies" (a poetry collection for children), and "Mary the Tree" (a novel for children).
* Awards she received: Second place in the Sharjah Prize for Arab Creativity 2017, in the poetry category (for a poetry collection), Presidential Award for Poetry, first place at the provincial level, in 2008, Nirvana Award for Narrative Literature, Sudan, 2018, "Title of Sultanat Al-Bayan" from the program "Echo of Rhymes" (Yemeni Satellite Channel), 2014, and Second place in the Young Poet Award, Yemen, 2018.
The Eighteenth Edition 2022
The Winner of the Eighteenth Edition of the Best Poem Award was:
Poet Abdullah Amin Abou Shmais
* He was born in Jordan.
* Obtained a PhD in Literary Criticism, Yarmouk University, 2013.
* Literary Works:
"Interpretation of My Dream," a poetry collection published by the Media and Culture Department, Sharjah, UAE, 2006.
"The Error," a poetry collection published by Al-Ahliyya Publishing House, Amman, Jordan, 2021.
"Dialogue After the Last," a poetry collection published by the Arab Diffusion Foundation, Beirut, on behalf of the Tabuk Literary Club, 2016.
"Witnesses of Gaza," a poetry collection published by Azmena Publishing House, Amman, 2021.
"The Book of The Forgotten Ones," a poetry collection published by Azmena Publishing House, Amman, 2021.
"The Landai from The Poetry of Afghan Women in Love and War," translated book published by Azmena Publishing House, Amman, 2018, in collaboration with Dr. Hanan Al-Jabri.
* Literary Awards:
Mahmoud Darwish Poetry Award (part of the Palestine International Foundation Awards), 7th edition, 2018, first place for the poetry collection "Dialogue After the Last."
Fadwa Tuqan Arab Award (part of the Palestine International Foundation Awards), 3rd edition, 2014, first place for the poetry collection "Witnesses of Gaza."
Young Writer Award, Abdul Mohsen Qattan Foundation, Ramallah, 2008, first place for the poetry collection "The Error."
Al-Burda Poetry Award, Ministry of Culture, Abu Dhabi, 2007.
Sharjah Prize for Arab Creativity, 9th edition, 2005, first place for the poetry collection "Interpretation of My Dream."