Judges pose with the novels that were selected for the short lists
The eagerly awaited Fairway National Literary Awards 2016 Shortlists were announced at a ceremony held at the Hilton Colombo Residences (JAIC Hilton) on 30th August 2016. The shortlisted authors will receive a cash award of Rs. 100,000/= each while the eventual winner in each language category will receive a net cash award of Rs 500 000/- each.
The shortlisted novels are as follows
FNLA 2016 Shortlisted Novels
Novel Author Publisher
The Dalada Chronicles Shyam S. Dissanayake M. D. Gunasena & Co.
Celibacy Factor Quintus G. Fernando Author Publication
First Utterance Theena Kumaragurunathan Author Publication
Parallel Lives Nanda Pethiyagoda S. Godage Brothers (Pvt)Ltd
Asandhimitta Saman Wickramarachchi Sarasavi Publishers
Ahambakaraka Liyanage Amarakeerthi Fast Publishing (Pvt) Ltd
Paradesi Eric Ilayaparachchi S. Godage Brothers (pvt) Ltd
Maha Ravana Tennyson Perera Sarasavi Publishers
Sapthambaraye Diga Dawasak Kapila Kumara Kalinga Fast Publishing (Pvt) Ltd
Panjam Pilaikka Vantha M. Sivalingam Damayanthi Publishers Neenthi Kadantha Neruppaaru N. Yogendranathan Author Publication
Kalavan Kathikal J. Wahabdeen Department of Culture, Eastern Provincial Council
Mr. Kavinda Dias-Abeysinghe, Deputy Chairman of Fairway Holdings addressing the gathering
The Sinhala language category panel of judges comprise the renowned film director Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja, Krishantha Fedricks, an academic specializing in linguistic anthropology, and the well-known short story writer, Professor Piyaseeli Wijemanna.
The panel of judges for the Tamil language entries are; Professor Emeritus Sitralega Maunaguru, S. Pathmanathan, former Principal of Palaly Training College and better known as the poet and translator ‘Sopa,’ and Professor Mohamed Abdulla Mohamed Rameez, Professor of Tamil Language at the South Eastern University.
The English language category’s panel of judges comprises the distinguished former civil servant and author, TissaDevendra, DrVivimarieVanderPoorten, an acclaimed poet and academic, and novelist and Commonwealth Book Prize Winner Nayomi Munaweera.
Ms. Anomaa Rajakaruna, Co-ordinator of the FNLA delivering her speech
These distinguished judges will, over the coming months, select the winners in each language category, the announcement of which will take place in January 2017 at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival, one of the most popular literary festivals in the world.
The Fairway National Literary Awards are sponsored by Fairway Holdings with the goal of encouraging, recognizing and rewarding Sri Lankan creative writing excellence.
Prof. Sitralega Maunaguru of the Tamil judging panel introduces the short lists for the Tamil category
Dr. Vivimarie Vander Poorten of the English judging panel introduces the short list for the English category
The Head Table, (left - right) Mr. Tissa Devendra (member of the English judging panel), Mr. S. Pathmanathan (member of the Tamil judging panel), Prof. Piyaseeli Wijemanne (member of the Sinhala judging panel), Mr. Kavinda Dias-Abeysinghe, Deputy Chairman of Fairway Holdings, Dr. Dharmasena Pathiraja (member of the Sinhala judging panel), Prof. Sitralega Maunaguru (member of the Tamil judging panel), Dr. Vivimarie Vander Poorten (member of the English judging panel) and Ms. Anomaa Rajakaruna, Co-ordinator of the FNLA.
The novels that were selected for the short lists