Entries from first-time authors of Indian origin are welcome in the following genres: poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction (travel writing, autobiography, biography and narrative journalism), and drama.
The prize carries a cash award of Rs one lakh.
A two-member advisory board will shortlist six books published between 1 July 2010 and 30 June 2011 for the prize. The shortlisted books will be sent to the 2011 panel of judges: graphic novelist and illustrator Sarnath Bannerjee, writer and blogger Jai Arjun Singh, and novelist Palash Mehrotra.
The deadline for publishers/authors to send their entries is 15 July 2011. The winner will be announced in the second half of November. The prize presentation will take place in December.
Three copies of the books may be sent to The Shakti Bhatt Foundation, 8B main road, 166/A Rajmahal Vilas Extension, Bangalore 560 080. Email shaktibhattprize [at] gmail [dot] com for further details.
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