Man Asian Literary Prize

Asian Literary Prize
Awarded for Best novel written by a citizen of an Asian country, either published in English or translated into English[1]
Location Asia (limited)
Presented by Man Group (2007-2012)
First awarded 2007
Official website

The Asian Literary Prize (formerly the Man Asian Literary Prize 2007-2012), is an annual literary award given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English, and published in the previous calendar year.[1] It is awarded to writers who are citizens or residents of one of the following 34 (out of 50) Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, East Timor, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, North Korea, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, The Hong Kong or Macau SAR's, The Maldives, The PRC of China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Vietnam.[1][2] Submissions are invited through publishers who are entitled to each submit two novels by August 31 each year. Entry forms are available from May.

From 2010-2012, the Man Asian Literary Prize awarded USD 30,000 to the author and an additional USD 5,000 to the translator (if any).[1] For the prize of the first three years of its running, from 2007–09, the Man Asian Literary Prize awarded USD 10,000 (author)/ 3,000 USD (translator) to a novel written by an Asian writer of the elective countries, either in English or translated into English, and yet unpublished. Submissions were made by the authors. The reason given by the Prize for the changes introduced in 2010 include the difficulty in finding talented unpublished authors.[3] With the new format, which has shortlisted and winning novels already available to the literary community, media and general public, the Man Asian Literary Prize recognises “the best English works each year by Asian authors and aims to significantly raise international awareness and appreciation of Asian literature.”[1]

From 2007-2012, the Man Asian Literary Prize was sponsored by Man Group plc., title sponsor of the Man Booker Prize. It was announced in October 2012 that Man Group would no longer sponsor the prize after the 2012 winner was announced in 2013.[4][5] The award was looking for a new sponsor and in the interim would be called the Asian Literary Prize.[6]

Winners and honorees



Judging panel


Jiang Rong was selected from a short-list of five:[8]

Also longlisted in 2007

On 20 July 2007, the Prize announced a list of 23 names:[9]



Judging panel


Also longlisted in 2008

On 22 July 2008, the Prize announced a list of 21 names:[10]


Su Tong for The Boat to Redemption.

Judging panel


On 15 October 2009, the Prize announced a shortlist of 5 names:[11]

Also longlisted in 2009

On 24 July 2009, the Prize announced a list of 24 names:[12]


Bi Feiyu's Three Sisters, was announced March 17, 2011.

Judging Panel


Also longlisted in 2010



Judging panel


Also longlisted in 2011[16]



Judging panel[19]

Shortlist (announced 9 January 2013)[20]

Also longlisted[19]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Man Asian Literary Prize announces new format". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved April 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ Entry Rules. Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved 2011-05-17.
  3. ^ "The Man Asian Literary Prize Switcheroo", Doretta Lau, Wall Street Journal, Feb.15 2011
  4. ^ "Booker sponsors Man drop Asian Literary Prize". The Daily Telegraph. 17 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Asia's top literary award looking for new sponsor". France24. October 17, 2012. Retrieved October 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ David Parker (October 18, 2012). "Letter from Prof. David Parker, Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize". Man Asian Literary Prize website. Retrieved October 18, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2007 Man Asian Literary Prize Winner Announced". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved November 11, 2007. 
  8. ^ "Five authors make the shortlist for inaugural prize". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved October 26, 2007. 
  9. ^ "2007 Man Asian Literary Prize – Longlist Announced". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved July 21, 2007. 
  10. ^ a b "2008 Man Asian Literary Prize – Longlist Announced". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved February 23, 2008. 
  11. ^ "2009 Man Asian Literary Prize – Shortlist Announced". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved September 16, 2009. 
  12. ^ "2009 Man Asian Literary Prize – Longlist Announced". Man Asian Literary Prize. Retrieved July 25, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Ratika Kapur's official web page". 
  14. ^ "South Korean novelist announced as first woman to win Man Asian Literary Prize", Man Asian Prize website, Mar. 15, 2012.
  15. ^ "Seven Novels Make Man Asian Literary Prize's Strongest Shortlist", Man Asian Prize website, Jan 10, 2012.
  16. ^ "Novels of epic scale and ambition head 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize Longlist", Man Asian Prize website, Nov. 1, 2011.
  17. ^ "Tan Twan Eng scoops Asia’s top literary prize". Man Asian Prize website. March 15, 2013. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  18. ^ Richard Lea (March 14, 2013). "Tan Twan Eng wins Man Asian prize". The Guardian. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b Staff writer (December 18, 2012). "Man Asian Literary Prize Announces Long List". Poets & Writers. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 
  20. ^ Alison Flood (January 9, 2013). "Man Asian literary prize shortlist stages Booker re-match". The Guardian. Retrieved January 9, 2013. 

External links

  • The Man Asian Literary Prize
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