Yamina Mechakra Prize awarded to three writers


ALGIERS – Writers Djamila Talbaoui, Hédia Bensalhi and Kayssa Khalifi won the Yamina Mechakra Literary Prize.


Yamina Mechakra Prize for the Arabic language has gone to Djamila Talbaoui for her novel “Qalb El Isbani” (The heart of the Spanish) published by “El Watan El Yaoum”, the Prize for the novel in French language has been awarded to Hedia Bensalhi for his book “Orages” published by “Frantz-Fanon”, while the price of the novel in Tamazight has gone to Kayssa Khalifi author of “Ihulfan” who died last June.

Established last September on the occasion of the first “Mediterranean Young Women’s Annual Meeting”, Yamina Mechakra Prize rewards the literary works of Algerian women writers, in Arabic, Tamazight, and in French. It pays tribute to Yamina Mechakra (1949-2013), psychiatrist and author of “The Exploded Cave” (1979) and “Arris” (1999).

The prize was awarded by an exclusively female jury, composed of Rabia Djelti for the Arabic language, Lynda Koudache (Tamazight) and Maïssa Bey (French), during a ceremony held at Moufdi-Zakaria Palace of Culture in the presence of the Minister of Culture Azzedine Mihoubi.

With 500 000 AD for each of the three categories, this prize will, now, be awarded every January, according to the organizers.






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