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Entries for the Gratiaen Prize 2009 for Creative Writing in English
Presented by Michael Ondaatje

 

The Gratiaen Prize

  1. The prize of Sri Lankan Rupees 200,000 will be awarded for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan citizen resident in Sri Lanka, published for the first time in 2009 or unpublished and ready for publication at the time of entry.

  2. Creative writing eligible for the prize may include novels, collections of short stories, poetry, drama and other types of creative writing such as autobiography, biography and memoirs (excluding translations).

  3. Entries for the prize may be submitted by writers or publishers of the work.

  4. The entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges appointed by the Trustees.

Entries

4 copies of each book or manuscript entered should be sent to The Chairman, The Gratiaen Trust c/o D. L. & F. De Saram, 47, Alexandra Place, Colombo 7. Monday – Friday 8.30 am – 5.00 pm. Tel. No. 2695782 between 1st – 31st December, 2009.

Please Note:

Entries should be submitted with completed entry forms which together with the rules are available at D. L. & F. De Saram from Monday, 12th October, 2009. To obtain an entry form by mail, please forward a stamped self addressed envelope to The Chairman, The Gratiaen Trust, c/o D. L. & F. De Saram, 47, Alexandra Place, Colombo 7. Entry forms can also be accessed through our website www.gratiaen.com.

The H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translation will not be awarded this year.

Administrators to the Trust
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Rules for The Gratiaen Prize

Eligibility

  1. The prize will be awarded for the best work of creative writing in English by a Sri Lankan citizen resident in Sri Lanka, published for the first time in 2009 or unpublished and ready for publication at the time of entry.

  2. Entries eligible for the prize may include novels, collections of short stories, poetry, drama and other types of creative writing such as autobiography, biography (and) memoirs.

  3. Entries for the prize may be submitted either by the writer or by the publishers of the work.

  4. Entries will be judged by an independent panel of judges appointed by the Trustees.

  5. The judges shall not be obliged to name a winner if they are of the opinion that none of the entries submitted merits the prize.

  6. The writers should be Sri Lankan citizens who are permanently resident in Sri Lanka. Writers who are citizens of Sri Lanka but have not been continuously resident in Sri Lanka during the year 2009 should give full particulars regarding their residence abroad to enable the Trustees to determine their eligibility for the prize. Writers enjoying dual citizenship should establish that their principal country of residence is Sri Lanka. The final decision regarding eligibility under the criterion of citizenship rests with the Board of Trustees.

  7. Entries may include works published for the first time in 2009 and unpublished works ready for publication. For this purpose “publication” refers to works printed and available for sale to the public. The date of first publication should be the date given in the book.

  8. Entries submitted for the prize should be original works, should be of reasonable length and should not have been submitted earlier for this prize.

  9. If the entry is an unpublished work but if part of it has been published previously, such published work should not exceed more than one quarter of the total contents of the entry. This condition will not apply to poems or short stories published in periodicals or newspapers.

Submission of Entries

  1. Four copies of each book or manuscript entered should be sent to the Chairman, The Gratiaen Trust, C/o D. L. & F. De Saram, 47, Alexandra Place, Colombo 7.

  2. Entries should be submitted with completed entry forms which are available at D. L. & F. De Saram. Authors/publishers who wish to have the forms mailed to them should forward a stamped self addressed envelope to the Chairman, The Gratiaen Trust, C/o D. L. & F. De Saram, 47, Alexandra Place, Colombo 7.

  3. All manuscripts should be ready for publication, neatly typed on A4 paper, double spaced and on one side only, with a one inch margin all around. Books and manuscripts accepted for consideration will not be returned.

  4. Previous winners of either prize will not be eligible to compete for the next three years.

Conditions pertaining to unpublished work

  • If the prize is awarded to an unpublished work the publication shall be undertaken by the Trust in consultation with the author and all or part of the prize money will be used for this purpose. When submitting the entry, the author should give his consent to such publication in the attached form.
 
   
   
   
   
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