(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)

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