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New Prize for Fiction, Film and Art From Emerging-market Nations: FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Award

Alert! The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds have announced a new award to identify and reward talent among multiple countries and regions in the developing world.

This new prize, called the FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards, seeks to acknowledge Latin American and Caribbean artists, Asia-Pacific filmmakers and fiction writers from Africa and the Middle East – offering $40 000 to each individual winner. The judges will aim to reward those whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers global understanding of their region.

Residents or passport holders from most African countries, emerging-market countries as defined by the World Bank Atlas Method, are able to submit their work for the Fiction Prize, provided they fulfill the following requirements:

The fiction award will be presented to a published work of fiction in English or published in English translation. The books must be a minimum of 20,000 words long and be written by a national or passport holder of one of the eligible countries of Africa and the Middle East. Submissions are invited from all global publishers. Self-published works will not be accepted for entry. The works must be published in print or digital form, or both, between 1 January 2014 and 30 September 2015.

We at Books LIVE are excited about this new opportunity for international recognition and reward for African voices. Submissions opened on 30 January, 2015 and will remain open until 30 April. The longlist will be announced on 5 June, with the shortlist to be announced on Friday, 7 August. These individuals will then be be flown to New York to attend a gala awards ceremony at the New York Public Library on 5 October, where the winners in all three categories will be announced.

Which local novel do you think deserves to be on the list? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.


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