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Writing Competitions: FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards
On April 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

bw_emerging-voices-awards-2016-article-page_620x349The second FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards, for which we are now accepting submissions. The awards, established in 2015, aim to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations, with a prize of $40,000 for the winner of each category. Shortlisted runners up will receive $5,000. I’d be grateful if you would share information about the prize with any authors who might be eligible.

For 2016, the categories are being moved to new regions, with Art entries coming from Africa and the Middle East, Film from Latin America, and Fiction from Asia-Pacific.

Submissions are open, and entry guidelines can be found here. The longlist for each category will be announced in June 2016. Shortlisted entrants will be announced in August 2016. All shortlisted participants will be flown to New York for an awards gala on September 26, 2016, at the New York Public Library where the winners will be announced.

Winner of the fiction category in the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards in 2015 was Chigozie Obioma from Nigeria, for The Fishermen, Pushkin Press.

Read more here about The FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards,  about criteria for the awards,

 

The FT/Oppenheimer Emerging Voices Awards, established in 2015, aim to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art – across more than 100 emerging market nations, with a prize of $40,000 for the winner of each category. Two runners up in each category will receive $5,000.

There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets, whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.

Open to nationals or passport holders of these emerging market countries, panels of distinguished judges will give awards to the best creators of published fiction in English or English translation in Asia-Pacific, the top film-makers in Latin America or the Caribbean and the most distinguished artists in a variety of media in Africa.

  • Asia-PacificWorks of fictionpublished in English or English translation between 1st January 2015 and 23rd September 2016, in print or digital form, or both, from these eligible countries: Afghanistan, American Samoa, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kiribati, Korea, Dem. Rep., Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Fed. Sts., Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam.
  • Africaand the Middle EastArt including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints and mixed media.

Key dates:

3rd May 2016                      Closing date for submissions

6 June 2016                        Longlist announced

5 August 2016                   Finalists announced

26 September 2016        Awards ceremony in New York – Winners announced

27 September 2016        Magazine published in FT and winners announced on FT.com

Winner of the fiction category in the inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards in 2016 was Chigozie Obioma from Nigeria, for The Fishermen, Pushkin Press.

Further information about the awards is available here: http://www.ft.com/reports/emerging-voices

You can read about criteria for the awards and enter online.