The Gratiaen Trust is pleased to announce a long list for the Gratiaen Prize 2018. The shortlist will be announced on Monday 8 April, 6.00 p.m. at the British Council Library, Colombo.
All are invited to attend this event at which a moderated discussion with the long-listed authors will also take place.
The Gratiaen Prize was founded in 1993 by the Sri Lankan-born writer Michael Ondaatje after he won the Booker Prize for The English Patient. The Gratiaen Prize 2018, the first after the Prize celebrated its 25th year, sees a number of significant changes. This year, given the quality of the submissions received, the Prize is pleased to announce a long list of eight authors. The event to announce the shortlist on 8th April will also follow a different format by including a discussion with the long-listed writers, moderated by Ruhanie Perera.
The prize is presented under the Gratiaen Trust’s partnership with Sarasavi Bookshop (Pvt) Ltd, who will be sponsoring the main prize awarding event to be held on June 9, at the BMICH. The Prize is awarded each year to the best submitted creative work in English, written by a Sri Lankan writer resident in Sri Lanka.
Both published works and unpublished manuscripts are accepted as submissions. This year, another award donated by Michael Ondaatje - the H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translation for the years 2017-18- is also being awarded. There is no shortlist announcement for the H.A.I Goonetileke Prize and the winner will be announced at the main Gratiaen Prize awarding event in June.
The judges for the Gratiaen Prize 2018 are Gill Caldicott, Director, British Council, Sri Lanka (chair) who has taught English literature and is a strong promoter of literature in general; Ramya Jirasinghe, creative writer and researcher; and Andi Schubert, university academic and social researcher. The judges for the H.A.I. Goonetileke Prize for Translations 2017-18 are Sumathy Sivamohan (chair), filmmaker and academic; Saumya Liyanage, dramatist, actor and academic; Charulatha Thewarathanthri, writer; and Esther Surenthiraraj, University academic.
The prize is presented under the Gratiaen Trust’s partnership with Sarasavi Bookshop (Pvt) Ltd, who will be sponsoring the main prize awarding event to be held on June 9, at the BMICH. The Prize is awarded each year to the best submitted creative work in English
The shortlist event is supported by The British Council, Sri Lanka as it has been since the inception of the prize. The collection of manuscripts for the Gratiaen and H.A.I. Goonetileke prizes and many administrative activities of the Gratiaen Trust, which administers the prizes, are facilitated by the MARGA Institute which has been supporting the Trust from its outset.
Following on from its 25th year when the Gratiaen Trust offered a creative writing workshop in partnership with Commonwealth Writers, this year the Trust is organizing an Editing and Publishing workshop entitled Making the Cut in May in partnership with the renowned Seagull Foundation of India.
This innovative event will see Calcutta-based Seagull resource persons travelling to Sri Lanka and conducting an intensive training programme covering a range of aspects related to editing and publishing in creative writing. The event is supported by the Postgraduate Institute of English, The Open University of Sri Lanka at which the workshop will be held.