An Ode to Kolkata & AKLF

The Idefix & Co. team had a most wonderful week at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. Here’s a wee ode to the festival and its city.

2013 TJSAPRIZE WINNER ANNOUNCED

(Kolkata: January 10, 2013) Avni Doshi has been awarded the 2013 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize for her manuscript, Girl in White Cotton. The prize was announced at a reception on January 10th hosted at The Park Hotel Kolkata, as part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. The prize includes 1 Lakh Rupees and literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates, a leading London literary agency, which represents the likes of Wilbur Smith and Rem Koolhaas.

Doshi and her fellow shortlisted writers were present at the ceremony, where all the shortlisted candidates were recognized for their achievements, and a delighted Doshi accepted the award.

Five esteemed judges voted unanimously for Doshi’s winning manuscript. Urvashi Butalia, chair of the panel of judges, said, “Doshi’s we felt was different, elegant, well crafted, precise and complex.”

The panel of judges was comprised of five well-respected literary personalities: Delhi-based publisher and writer, Urvashi Butalia (chair of the panel); Jon Cook, Emeritus Professor of Literature at the University of East Anglia; Faiza Sultan Khan, critic and editor at Random House India; Anosh Irani, award-winning Vancouver-based playwright and novelist; and Neel Mukherjee, acclaimed London-based critic and author. Butalia, Khan and Irani were present at the prize ceremony, joined by former TJSAP judge Amit Chaudhuri.

More than one hundred manuscripts of full-length novels were submitted for the 2013 prize, which was reduced to a shortlist of six candidates: Devdan Chaudhuri (Anatomy of Self), Avni Doshi (Girl in White Cotton), Ayesha Heble (Third Person Singular), Kanza Javed (Ashes, Wine and Dust), Olivier Sanjay Lafont (Arjun), and Minakshi Thakur (Lovers Like You and I). The finalists will also be encouraged to apply for the GBP 10,000 Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.

The prize is open to unrepresented South Asian writers with a completed draft of an unpublished novel.

This is the second year of the prize. In its inaugural year, the prize culminated in Srikumar Sen and Rohit Manchanda being announced as joint-winners, splitting the cash prize and both receiving literary representation from Tibor Jones & Associates. Sen’s winning manuscript, The Skinning Tree, was released in December 2012 by Picador India.

The prize is supported by the Charles Pick Fellowship, University of East Anglia, Tibor Jones & Associates, Oxford Bookstore, The Park Hotel, and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival . The mandate of the prize is to encourage emerging, unrepresented writers of South Asian origin, and is unique in that it nurtures new unrecognized talent in an industry that can be difficult to penetrate.

For more details about the prize:                         

tiborjones.com/projects/south-asia-prize-2012

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2013 SHORTLIST ANNOUNCED

(London: December 6, 2012) Six shortlisted candidates are today announced for the 2013 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. Manuscripts by Avni Doshi (Girl in White Cotton), Ayesha Heble (Third Person Singular), Devdan Chaudhuri (Anatomy of Self), Kanza Javed (Ashes, Wine and Dust), Minakshi Thakur (Lovers Like You and I), and Sanjay Lafont (Arjun) have been selected for the shortlist.

More than one hundred manuscripts of full-length novels were submitted for the 2013 prize, the deadline of which was November 12, 2012. The prize is open to unrepresented South Asian writers with a completed draft of an unpublished novel.

Kevin Conroy Scott, Director of Tibor Jones & Associates, said, “We’ve been pleasantly inundated with submissions for the 2013 prize. The judges certainly have their work cut out for them. We now anxiously await the announcement of the 2013 Winner at the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival.”

The panel of judges comprises five esteemed literary personalities: Delhi-based publisher and writer, Urvashi Butalia (chair of the panel); Jon Cook, Professor of Literature at the University of East Anglia; Faiza Sultan Khan, critic and editor at Random House India; Anosh Irani, award-winning Vancouver-based playwright and novelist; and Neel Mukherjee, acclaimed London-based critic and author.

The winner will be announced on January 10, 2013 at an award ceremony hosted at The Park Hotel (Kolkata) as part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. The prize includes 1 Lakh Rupees and literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates. The finalists will also be encouraged to apply for the GBP 10,000 Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship at the University of East Anglia.

This is the second year of the prize. In its inaugural year, the prize culminated in Srikumar Sen and Rohit Manchanda being announced as joint-winners, splitting the cash prize and both receiving literary representation from Tibor Jones & Associates. Sen’s winning manuscript, The Skinning Tree, has since been published by Picador India. The book will be released in India next week.

The prize is supported by the Charles Pick Fellowship, University of East Anglia, Tibor Jones & Associates, Oxford Bookstore, The Park Hotel, and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival. The mandate of the prize is to encourage emerging, unrepresented writers of South Asian origin, and is unique in that it nurtures new unrecognized talent in an industry that can be difficult to penetrate.

Download our PRESS RELEASE and MEDIA KIT featuring short listed candidates and judges.

For more details:  
tiborjones.com/projects/south-asia-prize-2012  
facebook.com/TJSAprize

About Tibor Jones & Associates
Tibor Jones & Associates was founded in 2007 by Kevin Conroy Scott as a literary agency and arts consultancy dedicated to building the careers of the serious authors and creatives of his generation. Based in London, the agency represents the likes of Wilbur Smith and Rem Koolhaas. (tiborjones.com)

About the Charles Pick South Asia Fellowship
The Fellowship’s dual purpose is to give a promising South Asian writer at the start of his/her career the opportunity to complete a major work and to develop his/her talents, with introductions to other writers, and practical and financial help. The award is £10,000 and includes accommodation on campus at the University of East Anglia for six months, commencing October 1, 2013. The application deadline is January 31, 2013. (uea.ac.uk/lit/fellowships)

About the University of East Anglia
The UEA was founded in 1963 and is today ranked in the top two per cent of universities in the world. Based in Norwich, United Kingdom, the University is world-renowned for its Creative Writing courses, with leading professors and a roster of alumni including Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro. (uea.ac.uk)

About the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (Jan 9-13, 2013)
The AKLF is Kolkata’s first literary festival, instituted in 2009 by the Apeejay Surrendra Group. The annual festival features prominent writers, publishers, scholars, social commentators and artistes, from India and abroad, who gather at the iconic Oxford Bookstore Kolkata. (kolkatalitfest.in)

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TIBOR JONES SOUTH ASIA PRIZE 2013 TO BE ANNOUNCED AT THE APEEJAY KOLKATA LITERARY FESTIVAL

(London: Oct 29, 2012 ) Tibor Jones & Associates is delighted to announce that the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize will be partnering with Oxford Bookstores and the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to present the 2013 prize. The prize winner will be announced at an award ceremony that will be held January 10, 2013 at The Park Hotel (Kolkata) as part of the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival.

Ms Priti Paul, Director, Apeejay Oxford Bookstores Pvt., said, “Encouraging writing and reading is a primary goal of ours. We are, therefore, delighted to support the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize in its endeavour to promote and encourage emerging, unrepresented authors of South Asian origin.  We congratulate them on the initiative, and are pleased to host the Award ceremony in Kolkata at our Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival in January 2013.”

The judging process is led by Delhi-based publisher and writer, Urvashi Butalia, joined by four equally esteemed counterparts: Jon Cook, Professor of Literature at the University of East Anglia; Faiza Sultan Khan, critic and editor at Random House India; Anosh Irani, award-winning Vancouver-based playwright and novelist; and Neel Mukherjee, acclaimed London-based critic and author. A shortlist will be announced on December 6th 2012.

This is the second year of the prize. In its inaugural year, chaired by Professor Amit Chauduri (UEA), over 80 manuscripts were submitted, which culminated in Srikumar Sen and Rohit Manchanda being announced as joint-winners, splitting the cash prize and both receiving literary representation from Tibor Jones & Associates. Sen’s winning manuscript, The Skinning Tree, will be published by Picador India in December 2012.

The prize is an initiative led by Tibor Jones & Associates with the support of the University of East Anglia (UEA) and the Charles Pick Fellowship (CPF). The mandate of the prize is to encourage emerging, unrepresented writers of South Asian origin.

CPF founder Martin Pick stated, “We are delighted to be continuing our support of the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize as part of UEA’s South Asian programme, which includes the Charles Pick Fellowship for South Asia and a UEA Creative Writing course in Kolkata beginning in March 2013.”

Submissions for the 2013 prize are now open through November 12th, 2012. The prize is distinct in that manuscripts are submitted by up-and-coming writers who are seeking an opportunity to win both Rupees 1 Lakh cash and literary representation by Tibor Jones, a leading London-based literary agency that represents the likes of Wilbur Smith and Rem Koolhaas. Entrants are also encouraged to apply for the Charles Pick Fellowship at UEA, which includes a cash award of £10,000 and six months board on campus at UEA in Norwich, UK.

About AKLF

The Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF) is Kolkata’s first literary festival, instituted in 2009 by the Apeejay Surrendra Group and its heritage 91-year-old property, the iconic Oxford Bookstore. It is a non-profit, free-access festival, held annually over the second weekend of January. Prominent nationally and internationally, the Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival plays host to leading writers, publishers, scholars, social commentators and artistes, from India and abroad, to interact with the rich and vibrant segment of the city’s cultural and literary life at specially formatted events held at heritage venues across the city. (kolkatalitfest.in)