Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award and SingTel Asian Picture Book Award Shortlists Announced!

ASIAN FESTIVAL OF CHILDREN’S CONTENT ANNOUNCES TWO MAJOR AWARDS

Press release:

Announcement of Shortlists of Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 and SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013

AFCC logoSingapore, 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 Hedwig Anuar Children’s Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates:

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

The SingTel Asian Picture Book Award 2013 Shortlist Candidates:

Author:

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)

Wayang Night by Lak-Khee Tay Audouard (Singapore) [See PaperTiger's gallery of her work here]

Utan for Marcia by Maria Agnes Du’a Bewa (Indonesia)

Illustrator:

Who Knows Mr. Pink by Reza Dalvand (Iran)

Old City by BaaSanSuren Bolormaa (Mongolia) [Read PaperTigers' interview with her here and see two galleries of her work here and here]

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.

paw_sm3PaperTigers 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.


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