ASIAN FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN’S CONTENT ANNOUNCES TWO MAJOR AWARDS
Announcement of Shortlists of Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 and SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013
Singapore, 25 April 2013 – At the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) 2013 Press Conference, held today at Hotel Grand Pacific, Ms Claire Chiang, announced the shortlisted names for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 and the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013. Ms Claire Chiang also unveiled the five-day festival, which will be held from 25 to 30 May.
Winners for both prizes will be announced during the Children’s Literature Lecture and Award Ceremony on 28 May 2013. The prize for the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award is worth S$10,000, to be shared by the writer and illustrator. The SingTel Asian Picture Book Award offers a total of S$10,000, the First Prize consisting of S$5,000 for an author and S$5,000 for an illustrator. These will be individually known as the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Author, and the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award – Illustrator.
For the Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award, a total of 33 titles were submitted, out of which 16 entries were Novels and 17 entries were Short Stories or Picture Books. For the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award, a total of 158 manuscripts were submitted, out of which 79 were with illustrations. The award attracted submissions from 19 different countries in total.
The following shortlisted titles are not listed in order of merit:
The Mudskipper by Ovidia Yu
Extraordinary Losers: Operation Pants on Fire by Jessica Alejandro
Farrer Park by Ann Peters
Where’s Grandma? by Edmund Lim
Don’t Eat That, Phoenix by Swapna Haddow (United Kingdom)
Cap Go Meh by Sophie Dewayani (Indonesia)
If I Were by Debra Chong (Singapore)
Old City by Ichinnorov Ganbaatar (Mongolia)
Utan for Marcia by Maria Agnes Du’a Bewa (Indonesia)
Who Knows Mr. Pink by Reza Dalvand (Iran)
Wayang Night by Lak-Khee Tay Audouard (Singapore) [See PaperTiger's gallery of her work here]
Cap Go Meh by Gina (Indonesia)
The Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC) brings together content creators and producers with parents, teachers, librarians, and anyone interested in quality Asian content for children. With a mix of professional conferences, masterclasses and workshops, a rights fair and media mart, as well as public events, AFCC is a unique and popular event right here in Asia that provides an opportunity for writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, distributors, parents, children, teachers, and librarians to meet, learn, develop their craft, and discover business opportunities.
PaperTigers is a proud sponsor of the Asian Festival of Children’s Content and both Marjorie and I will be attending this year. To learn more about the AFCC check the official website and read our July 2011 PaperTigers issue Singapore and the Asian Festival of Children’s Content. Stay tuned to the blog tomorrow to learn more about the SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates.