Letter from Prof. David Parker, Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize

Thursday 18th October 2012

Today the Asian Literary Prize announced that the current Prize will be the last to be sponsored by Man Group plc. Professor David Parker, Executive Director of the Prize, looks forward to an exciting new chapter in the Prize’s history.

When the Asian Literary Prize began in 2007 with the aim of bringing the best of Asian new writing to the world, Man stood beside us as our founding partner. Their belief in the project has been unwavering. On behalf of everyone involved in the Prize, I would like to thank Man Group for the steady support that has enabled the Prize, in five short years, to achieve more than any of us would have dreamed possible. I would also like to thank the publishers, writers and readers who have responded with such enthusiasm to our efforts to win greater visibility for new Asian writing.

We look forward to the future with a new partner, confident that Asian fiction is now beginning to secure the global readership and recognition it deserves. Our most recent winner, Please Look After Mom by South Korean writer Kyung-sook Shin, has recently sold its two millionth copy worldwide – an amazing achievement. One third of the shortlisted writers for this year’s Man Booker Prize are from Asia, and international publishing houses such as Pan Macmillan and Hachette have recently opened offices here in Hong Kong. Clearly, Asian literature is on the march.

The Asian Literary Prize is a unique arts project, bringing together the most exciting new books produced by the diverse literary cultures from Iran to Japan. With the rise of e-readers and tablet computing, the rapid growth of a new class of highly educated and culturally engaged Asian readers, as well as a growing global thirst for Asian fiction in English and English translation, the Prize is well positioned for the next five years and beyond.

We are now beginning talks with potential sponsors and are looking forward to announcing the longlist for the final Man Asian Literary Prize on December 4th 2012. Looking at the record submissions for 2012, we can tell it is going to be another brilliant year for fiction from our part of the world.

Professor David Parker

Executive Director of the Asian Literary Prize


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New rule on involuntary loss of citizenship

The Board of the Man Asian Literary Prize has decided that in cases where the author of a submitted work has lost his or her citizenship of an eligible country involuntarily, in particular through oppressive state action, the Board may, at its discretion, accept the submission.

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Prize winning cultural journalist and novelists announced as judges for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize

Prize winning cultural journalist and novelists announced as judges for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize

Monday 14th May 2012 

HONG KONG – A leading international literary critic, along with two Asian born prize winning novelists are set to judge the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, as submissions open for the most prestigious literary prize in Asia.

Chairing this year’s judges will be award winning cultural journalist and literary critic, Maya Jaggi. She has reported on arts and culture from five continents, and is an influential voice on world literature having interviewed 12 Nobel prizewinners in literature, as well as figures from Eric Hobsbawm and Noam Chomsky to Salman Rushdie and Tom Stoppard. The late cultural critic Edward Said described her interview with him as in a class of its own.
Jaggi has been a judge of literary awards including the Orange, Commonwealth Writers, David Cohen, Warwick and Guardian fiction prizes, as well as the Caine prize for African writing, the Banipal prize for Arabic literary translation, and the Harvill Secker/Foyles Young Translators’ prize. Educated at Oxford University and the London School of Economics, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Britain’s Open University in 2012 for her outstanding contribution to education and culture, especially in “extending the map of international writing.”

Joining Jaggi on the panel will be award winning Vietnamese-American novelist Monique Truong and Vikram Chandra, most notably winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

Truong is a writer based in Brooklyn, New York. Her first novel, The Book of Salt (2003), was a national bestseller, a New York Times Notable Fiction Book, and the recipient of many awards including the New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award. Her second novel, Bitter in the Mouth (2010) also received critical acclaim. Born in Saigon, South Vietnam, in 1968, Truong and her family came to the United States as refugees in 1975. A graduate of Yale and Columbia Universities, Truong is currently a 2012 Visiting Writer at the Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies.

Vikram Chandra’s latest novel, Sacred Games, was the recipient of the Hutch Crossword Prize for English Fiction (India), a Book Award for Fiction (USA), and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award (USA).  He is also the author of Love and Longing in Bombay and Red Earth and Pouring Rain.  His previous honours include the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best Book (Eurasia region) and the Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book, the David Higham Prize, and the Paris Review Discovery prize.  He currently divides his time between Bombay and Berkeley, California, where he teaches creative writing at the University of California.         

Chair of Judges of the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize, Maya Jaggi said, “I am excited to be chairing the jury for Asia’s premier literary award. As a prize that is pan-Asian and multilingual in scope, it recognises the importance of translation in bringing the continent’s literature to readers across Asia, as well as to the world.”

Chair Director of the Man Asian Literary Prize, Professor David Parker said, “As the Prize opens for submissions in its sixth year we are very excited to discover what new writing and new talent Asia will surprise us with in 2012.”

The winner of the 2011 Man Asian Literary Prize, Please Look After Mom by Kyung-sook Shin has gone on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide. The South Korean writer became the first female and South Korean writer to win the Man Asian Literary Prize in its five year history, and was awarded the USD $30,000 prize money in March 2012.

Submissions for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize are now open until 31st August, 2012. Submissions are called from publishers, based in any country, of novels written by Asian authors.

The longlist will be announced on 4th December 2012, the shortlist on 9th January 2013 and the winner announced at a black tie Prize Dinner on 14th March 2013 in Hong Kong, the home of the Prize.

For full entry rules and further information please visit this webpage.

The Prize can be followed on Twitter @MALPrize and on

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About The Man Asian Literary Prize

The Man Asian Literary Prize was founded in 2007. It 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. The judges choose a longlist of 10 to 15 titles announced in December, followed by a shortlist of 5 to 6 titles announced in January, and a winner is awarded in March. The winning author is awarded USD 30,000 and the translator (if any) USD 5,000.

About Man

Man is a world-leading alternative investment management business. It has expertise in a wide range of liquid investment styles including managed futures, equity, credit and convertibles, emerging markets, global macro and multi-manager, combined with powerful product structuring, distribution and client service capabilities. As at 31 March 2012, Man managed USD59.0 billion.

The original business was founded in 1783. Today, Man is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 100 Index with a market capitalisation of around USD3.4 billion. Man is a signatory to the United Nations Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI). Man also supports many awards, charities and initiatives around the world. Man sponsored literary prizes are the Man Booker Prize, the Man Booker International Prize, the Lost Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

Man sponsored literary prizes are the Man Booker Prize, the Man Booker International Prize, the Lost Man Booker Prize and the Man Asian Literary Prize.

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BBC World Service - Interview with 2011 Winner Kyung-sook Shin


2011 Man Asian Literary Prize Winner Announcement

2011 Prize: Kyung-sook Shin for Please Look After Mom

March 15, 2012  Conrad Hong Kong