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Newsweek’s South Asia Commentary Prize – Call for Entries / $25,000 cash prize

NEW YORK, April 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –

Newsweek & The Daily Beast and the Open Hands Initiative announce a new prize for South Asian journalists and writers covering the region to celebrate and nurture raw talent and find fresh voices. The aim of this prize is to promote and support the work of an individual who has contributed thoughtful, important, and engaging commentary on the great social, political, and cultural issues of their region.

Prize: The winner will receive a $25,000 cash prize, a one-month residency at the Norman Mailer Center and Writers Colony in Provincetown, Massachusetts, and a biweekly column for a year on The Daily Beast.

Structure: Editors, publishers, and writers across South Asia will be asked to nominate their best English-language columnists and journalists by sending us three to five examples of their work and writing a brief letter explaining why that particular individual deserves this recognition. Our panel of prominent international journalists and media experts will read the submissions to select one winner and two finalists. To submit a nomination, please email commentaryprize@newsweekdailybeast.com.

Eligibility: Any nominated columnist, journalist, or writer based in and writing about South Asia (Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh) is eligible for the prize. Only commentary written in the year prior to submission will be considered eligible for the prize. Nominees must be available to travel to New York for the June 20th prize ceremony.

Judges: Writer and Historian William Dalrymple, Editor of Newsweek International Tunku Varadarajan, Newsweek & The Daily Beast Books Editor Lucas Wittmann, Author and Journalist Sir Harold Evans, Madhulika Sikka, Executive Producer, NPR.

Timing: The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in New York on June 20, 2012. Submissions are due no later than Friday, May 11, 2012. The finalists will be announced on May 23, 2012.

Awards Reception: Tina Brown, editor in chief of Newsweek & The Daily Beast, with co-hosts Jay Snyder and the Open Hands Initiative, Lawrence Schiller and The Norman Mailer Center, Spas Roussev, and Editor of NewsweekInternational, Tunku Varadarajan will host an awards reception the evening of June 20, 2012 at the Asia Society in New York. The winner will be announced and featured in an onstage discussion, which will be followed by a buffet supper and cocktails.

CONTACT: Andrew Kirk, +1-212-524-8856, andrew.kirk@newsweekdailybeast.com

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