TJSA PRIZE-WINNING AUTHOR SIGNS BOOK DEAL

(London: October 1, 2012) Tibor Jones & Associates is delighted to announce that Srikumar Sen’s debut novel, The Skinning Tree, will be published by Picador India as one of their lead literary fiction titles.

In January, Sen was announced joint-winner of the inaugural Tibor Jones South Asia Prize for The Skinning Tree. Sen split a cash prize with Rohit Manchanda and both received literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates, a leading London literary agency, which represents the likes of Wilbur Smith and Rem Koolhaas.

Saugata Mukherjee, the Publisher at Picador India, was quick to sign Sen’s first novel, sharing, “I found the world he draws in the novel impeccably etched. His ‘Anglo-Indian’ world took me back to my roots in Calcutta and reminded me of a lost world I knew of through stories I had heard as a kid!”

The Skinning Tree, to be published in India in December, tells the story of Sabby who is unable to cope with the real world when he is sent away from his Calcutta home during the second World War to a boarding school in northern India. There he finds himself caught up in a tragedy that has lasting and haunting consequences.

Srikumar Sen, now eighty years old, was born in Calcutta and is a long-time London-based journalist. He has written for the Guardian, was a Boxing Correspondent for The Times and was a boxer himself. Returning to India, after a 47-year absence, for the prize reception in Delhi hosted by the Charles Pick Consultancy and Foyles Bookstore, Sen gleamed, “The prize has inspired me to put a bit of jaldi into my next book, which is already on its way.”

Following the success of the Tibor Jones South Asia prize in its maiden year, Tibor Jones & Associates in association with the Charles Pick Fellowship and the University of East Anglia (UEA) have instituted the annual award aimed to encourage emerging, unrecognised literary talent in South Asia. Tibor Jones founder, Kevin Conroy Scott, says, “Investing in the infrastructure of South Asian writing is a long held ambition of ours at Tibor Jones. To be able to do this in concert with the Charles Pick Fellowship and the University of East Anglia is a great honour. I hope that the award encourages aspiring writers from across South Asia to get their work finished so their voices can be heard.”

Submissions for the 2013 prize are now open through November 1st 2012. The winner of the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013 will receive Rupees 1 Lakh cash and literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates. 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.

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Winners announced for 1st annual Tibor Jones South Asia Prize

Rohit Manchanda and Srikumar Sen are today announced the joint winners of the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2012 for their unpublished manuscripts, respectively, A Place in Mind and The Skinning Tree.

Manchanda and Sen were named the winners at an award reception in a New Delhi residence hosted by UK-based Tibor Jones & Associates, the Charles Pick Consultancy and Foyles Bookstore. The tied winners will split the 1 Lakh Rupees cash prize and both receive literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates.

This is the first year of the prize, set to become an annual feature on the South Asian literary landscape, which aims to nurture new unrecognized talent.

The prize was judged by an esteemed panel of literary and publishing professionals, chaired by author Amit Chaudhuri, alongside Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, the poet, translator and critic; Urvashi Butalia, the publisher and author; Jon Cook, Professor of Literature; and the journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan.

On the judging process, which resulted in a tie, Amit Chaudhuri, Chair of Judges, noted, “It’s not every day or even every year that, while judging a prize, you come across two works of exceptionally high quality, striking for their polish, originality, and accomplishment. We had a consensus early on in the final stages of judging that this is indeed what had happened with the inaugural Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. All of us agreed that splitting the prize was the fairest decision. That we have two terrific winners rather than one is a matter of celebration.”

Arvind Krishna Mehrotra added, “Both novels are superb pieces of writing and it seemed to be neck and neck all the way; a literary photo finish. Awarding the prize to both seemed like much the best decision. Anything else would have been unfair to the other.”

Rohit Manchanda, a Bioscience Professor at IIT Bombay, has published two books in the past including In the Light of the Black Sun, for which he won the Betty Trask Award. Upon learning of his triumph, Manchanda stated, “There is first the thrill of having one’s novel chosen for the prize by so very notable a panel of judges; and, no less importantly, tied to the prize comes the opportunity of the novel being represented by Tibor Jones Associates, a leading agency for literary fiction. The springboard towards publication that this arrangement offers is, to my mind, every bit as valuable as the prize itself, and Tibor Jones are to be complimented on building into the award this singular feature.”

Srikumar Sen, of Calcutta and long-time London-based journalist, has written for the Guardian and been the Boxing Correspondent for The Times. Sen added, “I am happy that the judges of the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize have decided to make a joint award – to Rohit Manchanda and me – for it gives me the double pleasure of sharing as well as winning. It has also inspired me to put a bit of jaldi into my next book, which is already on its way.”

Over 80 manuscripts were submitted by the October 2011 deadline by South Asian writers living around the world, with a shortlist of six announced on December 15, 2011. Submissions for the Tibor Jones South Asia Prize 2013 open in June.

The full shortlist of six contenders were:

  • Rasana Atreya
  • Sabyn Javeri
  • Vidya Madabushi
  • Rohit Manchanda
  • Hema S. Raman
  • Srikumar Sen

Shortlisted candidates are encouraged to apply for the Charles Pick Fellowship which includes six months concentrated writing time with access to a mentor on the faculty, worth £10,000 plus free accommodation at the University of East Anglia, one of the world’s best regarded creative writing programmes that boasts Booker Prize-winning novelists Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro as alumnae. The deadline to apply for the fellowship is January 31 2012, and the winner will be announced in May.

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Tibor Jones South Asia Prize Shortlist Announced

Six shortlisted candidates have been announced for the 2012 Tibor Jones South Asia Prize. Manuscripts by Rasana Atreya, Sabyn Javeri, Vidya Madabushi, Rohit Manchanda, Hema S. Raman, and Srikumar Sen have been selected for the shortlist. Big congratulations!

The deadline for submissions was October 19, 2011 and open to any unrepresented South Asian writer with a completed draft of an unpublished novel. The TJSA Prize is unique in that it nurtures new unrecognized talent.

An esteemed panel of literary and publishing professionals have been reviewing dozens of applications. Amit Chaudhuri, novelist and Professor of Contemporary Literature at UEA, notes, ”The shortlisted submissions have been a pleasant surprise – they all display genuine imagination and literary skills, and a willingness to give precedence to craft and imagination over ‘big’ themes. The best of them are impressively accomplished. Judging has been painless, friendly, and there’s been a striking degree of agreement in our thoughts.”

Amit Chaudhuri is chairing the panel of judges and joined by Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, the poet, translator and critic; Urvashi Butalia, the publisher and author; Jon Cook, Professor of Literature at UEA; and the journalist Amana Fontanella-Khan.

The prize was created following the success of the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize at the 2011 London Book Fair merged with the desire to nurture emerging South Asian writers.

Charles Pick Fellowship founder and Tibor Jones Chairman Martin Pick says, “South Asia’s emergence as a centre for writers is exciting. We want to help them find a place to work and exchange ideas, to develop and grow.”

The winner, who will be announced in New Delhi on January 17, 2012, will receive 1 Lakh Rupees and literary representation by Tibor Jones & Associates, a leading London literary agency. The finalists will also be encouraged to apply for the Charles Pick Fellowship for a creative writing course at the University of East Anglia, which includes a cash award of £10,000 and six months board on campus in Norwich, UK. UEA has one of the world’s best regarded creative writing programmes, and boasts alumni such as Booker Prize-winning novelists Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.

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