Najwa Bin Shatwan is a Libyan academic and novelist. She was the first Libyan to be shortlisted for the International Prize of Arabic Fiction (2017). She has authored four novels: Waber Al Ahssina, Madmum Burtuqali, Zareeb Al-Abeed and Roma Termini, in addition to several collections of short stories, plays and contributions to anthologies. She was chosen as one of the 39 best Arab authors under the age of 40 by Hay Festival’s Beirut 39 project (2009). In 2018, she was chosen from hundreds of Arab writers for the 2018 Banipal Writing Fellowship Residency at the University of Durham and in 2020 she was chosen to co-lead a series of creative writing workshops in Sharjah (World Book Capital in 2019) for Arab writers. She was also chosen as a member of the jury in various literary awards and grants.