A new literary prize for women announced Thursday aims to shine a light on women writers and also close the gap that rewards the work of men and women in writing.
Established by the New Delhi-based female platform SheThePeople, novels and short stories by single authors in English or regional languages ââwill be eligible for the Women Writers’ Prize for Fiction.
âWorks of fiction submitted for the award must have female protagonists written by Indian writers residing in India. The protagonists should be engaged in an honest struggle to improve their own lot, and therefore that of their sisters, which may have been negatively affected by economic, gender, class, social or other discrimination, âsaid the organizers.
Each publisher can send up to four submissions. The books submitted must have been published between August 1, 2020 and October 1, 2021. The prize comes with a prize of Rs 50,000. In the case of a translated work, the prize money will be shared equally between the writer and the translator.
The deadline for submission is November 25. The long list will be announced on January 20, 2022, the short list on February 15, and the winner will be named on March 1, 2022.
It is the wide range of women’s writings, which continues to grow, that the inaugural Women Writers’ Prize aims to highlight. There is a visible divide when it comes to rewarding the work of men and women in almost everything, including writing which urgently needs to be narrowed, ” organizers said. According to the award’s mentor and novelist Shashi Deshpande, the idea of ââthe insignificance of women’s lives and experiences spread through their writings and called it trivial and insignificant, while the truth is that every experience human is part of the endless tapestry of human history; without women’s stories, the file remains incomplete.
“A literary award exclusively for female writing can right the wrong and give female writing the prestige and dignity that all writing deserves,” she said.
The founder of SheThePeople and this award, Shaili Chopra, said she believes there is a need to read more of the writings of women and to understand and absorb the stories told by women.
“We must also defend more Indian women authors, whose writings bring new and inclusive elements to the idea of ââwriting,” she added.
Curator and author of the award, Shinie Antony, said the award is for original and innovative writers who tell their stories in exciting ways. ” This award exclusively recognizes the women writers among us who amaze us with their extraordinary literary merit. ” PTI ZMN RDS RDS
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