An esteemed jury would consist of renowned authors, media personalities and literary agents. This list of highly illustrious people is being finalised, a few names that we have finalised are:
YOUNG AUTHOR AWARDS 2017
TO RECOGNIZE THE NEXT GENERATION AUTHORS
An initiative to celebrate and nurture the talent of next generation of authors. With a panel of leaders in the literary and creative field, these awards have been conceived as wide spectrum awards program open to all authors under the age of 30.
Book awards & Influencers Award to celebrate the literary side and Creative awards to celebrate the creative punch behind the literary feat!
Nominations to all awards are open for books published by writers under 30 for the period 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2016.
Young AuthorAn accomplished author who displays talent and has produced compelling work. There can be up to 8 awards under this category, depending on the nominations received. There will be separate awards for f...
Future FindRecognising, nurturing and rewarding the young author of the future. This will be one award, given to the youngest author nominated across all age segments and categories. Category not open to nominat...
Publisher of the YearWhen a publisher has the courage to stand by, encourage and publish works by budding authors they deserve an accolade. There will be two awards given under this category. ‘Fireball Publisher of ...
Best Cover DesignBest Cover Design is the award for the book cover that passed the test of the ‘Book Cover’ objective. Criteria: Creative Jury to decide based on the visual appeal and how close it is to the brief or s...
Bookstore of the YearBookstore of the Year, an award to the bookstore who has been a catalyst in promoting the authors under 30. Criteria: Creative Jury to decide based on the number of book launches done in the eligible...
Most Creative Book LaunchMost Creative Book Launch is an award for a launch that has captured the essence of the book synopsis in a creative way and appealed to the creative jury with its book synopsis, launch strategy, launc...
Innovative Social Media UsageAward for Innovative use of Social Media during a launch or later that has captured the essence of the book synopsis in a creative way and appealed to the creative jury with its book synopsis, innovat...
Innovative Book Launch StrategyAward for Innovative Book Launch Strategy is an award for a launch that has captured the essence of the book synopsis using an innovative way and appealed to the creative jury with its book synopsis, ...
Best PR Campaign for a Book LaunchAward for Best PR Campaign for a Book is an award for a PR campaign that has successfully raised enough awareness about the book as was desired. More that awareness, it has a unique appeal in the way ...
Ambient Media for a Literary PurposeAward for Ambient Media for a Literary Purpose is to award the Ambient or unusual media usage for creating hype for a book or an Author or increasing the love of literature on the whole. Criteria: Cre...
Out of the box concept for Nurturing Young AuthorsAward for an idea that has been started with a sole purpose of nurturing young authors. Criteria: Creative Jury to decide based on the objective, strategy and result presentation submitted for the eli...
Influencers AwardThere will be one award under this category Criteria: No separate Nominations are being invited for this category. A shortlist of nominated books will be provided to our Influencers Jury to evaluate t...
Chairperson of the Advisory Panel – Deeba Salim Irfan
Deeba Salim Irfan is a writer, a poet and an entrepreneur based in Dubai.
She is the founder of ‘Young Author Awards’ which is backed by industry experts from India, Middle East and UK. She has launched it under the banner of ‘The Write Scene’, a portal for aspiring writers.
Her debut novel, Urma, with a backdrop of Iranian revolution was published in India, translated into Urdu and nominated for an award. Currently it is being translated into two more languages outside India. A few of her poems from her book – ‘Charcoal Blush’ have been translated into Nepalese.
She is also a ‘Brand Expert’ – with extensive experience in advertising and events She has launched multinational brands and has handled mega scale international events and awards.
Advisor – Fatma Buti Al Mheiri
Fatma Buti Al Mheiri is the First Woman Chairperson of Dubai Quality Group and also currently serves as the Director – Investment & CSR at Community Development Authority under Dubai Government.
She is a certified EFQM Assessor, a Lead Assessor under ISO 9001 – 2000 & ISO 14000 Standards & a graduate of Mohammed bin Rashid Women Leadership Program 2010 & Mohammed bin Rashid Government Leadership Program 2015.
Advisor – Padma Shri Keki N. Daruwalla
Keki N. Daruwalla is a major Indian poet and writer in English. He has written over 12 books. He was awarded the Sahitya Akademi Award, in 1984 for his poetry collection, The Keeper of the Dead, by the Sahitya Akademi, India’s National Academy of Letters. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India, in 2014.
Advisor – Mita Kapur
Mita Kapur is the founder and CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary consultancy.
She conceptualises, produces and directs literary festivals. Besides others, she is the producer of Mountain Echoes, an annual Literary Festival held in Thimpu, Bhutan.
The F-Word, a food book, memoir and travelogue (Harper Collins) is her first book. As a freelance journalist, she writes regularly for different newspapers and magazines on social and development issues along with travel, food and lifestyle.
Book Awards – Jury
Book Awards Jury – Gwyneth Rees
Gwyneth Rees is a British journalist. She has worked for news and features on the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and Guardian for the past decade. She is also a passionate book reviewer with leading PR firms in UK. She also does a podcast called ‘Woman of the Week’ – a round-up of news stories about women across the world.
Book Awards Jury – Namita Gokhale
Namita Gokhale is an Indian writer, publisher and festival director. She is the author of fourteen books including eight works of fiction.Things to Leave Behind has been published in November 2016. Namita Gokhale is a founder-director of the ‘Jaipur Literature Festival’ along with William Dalrymple and festival adviser of ‘Mountain Echoes’ a literary festival in Bhutan.
Book Awards Jury – Manju Ramanan
Former Group Editor – Femina ME, Filmfare ME, and Salt n Peppa
With a M Phil degree, she brings the best of journalism and academics to the world of writing – through newspaper and magazine articles and books.
Book Awards Jury – Claire Meadows
Claire Meadows is Editor in Chief and Founder of After Nyne Magazine, one of the UK’s best-regarded coffee table arts publications. She is a regular commentator on BBC Radio Oxford and writes on arts/social issues for the Huffington Post. Her third poetry collection for Urbane Publications, Leaving Long Shadows is due to be published in Spring 2017. She graduated with honours in Literature from the Open University in 2009.
Book Awards Jury – Amrita Tripathi
Amrita Tripathi is a freelance journalist and novelist, working primarily in digital media at present. She writes contemporary fiction — both of her novels Broken News and The Sibius Knot deal with life, relationships and the darker side of urban realities. Tripathi has set up The Health Collective, a site dedicated to raising awareness on mental health. She is working on her third novel at present, co-curates @genderlogindia, a crowd-sourced Twitter handle on gender identity, and anchors a series of interviews with authors. Anchors a series of interviews with authors at Harper Broadcast.
Book Awards Jury – Dina El Shammaa
Author Dina El Shammaa is inspired by innocence, simplicity and beauty. She captivates readers with a compelling fiction novel, The Trials of Allura, which sheds light on little-known aspects of women’s lives in the Middle East.
The well-travelled writer credits her rich layers of writing to everyday life experiences and exposure to different cultures. Her extensive journalism and writing experience have earned her international recognition and continues to speak out for itself.
Book Awards Jury – Samit Basu
Samit Basu has been writing novels since the age of 23. His books include the bestselling Indian series The Gameworld Trilogy, that created the field of Indian speculative fiction in English, the international award-winning superhero series Turbulence and Resistance, published by Titan Books, and a children’s series, The Adventures of Stoob. Basu also writes graphic fiction, screenplays and short fiction.
Book Awards Jury – Ziya Us Salam
Ziya Us Salam is Senior Deputy Editor, The Hindu. A noted film and literary critic, he has contributed to anthologies Being Young in the Worlds of Islam and Present Tense: Living on the Edge. He edited the book House full: The Golden Age of Hindi Cinema, published by Om Books International. His books Delhi 4 Shows and Strands of Commonality: Postcard of Islam in the subcontinent are due to be released shortly. He has served on the juries of International Film Festival of India, Best Writing in Cinema and Vatavaran.
Book Awards Jury – Arunava Sinha
Arunava Sinha is a noted Indian translator of Bengali literature. He won the Crossword translation award, for Sankar’s Chowringhee (2007) and Anita Agnihotri’s Seventeen(2011), respectively, and the winner of the Muse India translation award (2013) for Buddhadeva Bose’s When The Time Is Right. He has also been shortlisted for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize (2009) for his translation of Chowringhee.
Book Awards Jury – Preeti Shenoy
Preeti Shenoy, among the top five highest selling authors in India, is also on the Forbes longlist of the most influential celebrities in India. She is the highest selling woman writer in India. Her work has been translated to many languages.
India Today has named her as being unique for being the only woman in the best-selling league. She has been awarded the ‘Indian of the Year’ award for 2017 by Brands Academy for her contribution to Literature. She has also received the Academia award for Business Excellence by the New Delhi Institute of Management. She is the recipient of the ‘100 Young Indian women Achievers award’ in the Powerful leader category. She has given talks in many premier educational institutions such as IITs and IIMs and corporate organisations like KPMG, Infosys and Accenture. She is also an artist specialising in portraiture and illustrated journalling.
Her short stories and poetry have been published in various magazines such as Conde Nast and Verve.
She has a very popular blog and also writes a weekly column in The Financial Chronicle. She has a massive online following. Her other interests are travel, photography and yoga. Her books include It’s All In The Planets, Why We Love The Way We Do, The Secret Wish List, The One You Cannot Have and many others.
Creative Awards – Jury
Our illustrious jury would consist of renowned personalities from media and creative fields. While we are finalising the entire jury, a few names from this list consists of:
Advisor & Creative Jury – Damian Horner
Damian Horner began his career in advertising. Set up an agency and won a load of awards. Sold the agency and went travelling. He freelanced for ten years as a marketing strategist for people like Random House, Microsoft, among others. Came back to the UK and works with Hachette on Innovation projects. At Hachette, he is involved with optimising the commercial and brand value of Hachette Books, Authors, IP, Imprints, Divisions and the Group itself.
Creative Jury – Jon Kirk
Jon Kirk is the Managing Director of Palamedes PR, an Internationally-acclaimed book PR agency and the UK market-leader in non-fiction. The agency boasts a well-earned reputation for orchestrating high-profile, award-winning PR campaigns and represents many of the biggest names in the industry. Jon is a former news, features and travel journalist at South West News Service, The Sunday People and The Sunday Times, among others, and was named Britain’s Reporter of the Year by Press Gazette. He is a published author, editor, and the former publisher of a nationwide magazine.
Creative Jury – Kanaka Banerjee
Founder – Managing Director, Communiqué Advertising
A multitalented Creative professional, Communiqué Advertising was founded by Kanaka in the year 1993. Communique Advertising established itself as an award winning agency with a reputation of delivering result – oriented creatives. As the agency grew from strength to strength, Kanaka focussed on providing more valued added services to clients. The agency has won numerous awards in the Middle East and boasts a long list of prestigious clients with associations that span over 2 decades.
Creative Jury – Sabina Rahman
Co-founder and COO of Mobiquest Mobile Technologies, Delhi, India.
A Gold Medalist from AMU she as provided Techno-Creative Excellence for the companies shes been associated with and specializes in the area of Interactive Communication & Digital Design. Her focus is on Interactive Communication & Digital Media, Xperience & Usability Design, Branding & Identity, Ideating Business Concepts etc. Her contribution can be seen in the award winning Mobile Platforms that the company is proud of. Before starting her entrepreneurial stint 9 years ago, she helped setup the E-learning and Digital Consulting Practice for FCS. Her contribution helped acquire F500 customers. Before joining FCS, she was part of the startup team as Creative Head @ Branddotcom an Award Winning online advertising agency; A Times group/WPP venture. She helped acquire Brands like Sony/Philips/Barista amongst others.
Creative Jury – Elizabeth Sen
Elizabeth Sen is deputy managing director, Arab region, based in APCO Worldwide’s Dubai office, where she adds strategic value to the firm’s crisis and corporate responsibility teams.
Ms. Sen has worked in the Middle East and Indian PR industry for more than a decade. Prior to joining APCO, she worked at Promoseven Weber Shandwick, where she provided strategic advice and media counsel to multinationals including Ernst and Young, Marriott International, Carrier Corporation, Sony Gulf and Deyaar Properties
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The FIRST ever, International awards with a purpose of recognizing the ‘Young Authors’ under the age of 35 for their nominated work, published between 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2016. We also have a set of awards to encourage the team behind them who helpsthem achieve their dreams and in the process carve a niche for themselves too. The idea is to have the industry as a whole, encourage the ‘Young’ to pick their pen and write more and the aim is to foster a climate that would make them achieve more and we are here to recognize such efforts on an International level.
In this inaugural year, Authors of English language are eligible. These awards shall be expanded across Arabic and other languages as well.
Book Awards & Popular Award is to celebrate the literary side, while the Creative awards to celebrate the creative side of the literary feat!
- Book Awards
Under this category there are three awards:
a) ‘Publisher of the Year’ for author under 35 yrs: No separate nomination to be filed for this award, winners will be selected by the Jury depending upon No. of nominations and No. of awards won by an individual publisher.
- It recognizes two publishers - the ‘Best Publisher’ – with maximum nominations
- and the ‘Best Publisher’ – with maximum awards
b) Youngest Author 2017(Age)
c) Youngest Author 2017(Best Work)
Genre Categories under which a nominations can be filed:
Sci-Fic / Horror /Fantasy/Mystery
- Popular award
The award under this category is - ‘Most Popular Book’
There are no separate nominations for this category.The long list decided by the Jury will be open to public to vote and review online.
a) Age Eligibility: Nominations open under four age groups:
Group A: under 10 years, Group B: 10-15 years,Group C: 16-20 years, Group D: 21-35 years.
b) Book should have been produced / launched between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016
- Creative Awards
Under this category there are eight awards:
a) Best Cover Design
b) Bookstore of the Year – Maximum Submissions
c) Most Creative Book Launch
d) Most Innovative Book Launch
e) Innovative Social Media Usage
f) Best PR Campaign for a Book Launch
g) Ambient Media for a Literary Purpose
h) Out of the box concept for Nurturing Young Authors
This category is to recognize the creative and strategic support companies / individuals promoting and building the Young Authors and their books.
Who can apply?
Publishers, Independent Authors,Bookstores, Book Illustrators, Strategic consultants, Organisations, NGOs and Agencies (Advertising agencies, Social Media agencies, PR agencies)
It will be judged by a distinguished panel of judges based on the creativity, objectives of the campaign laid out and the results achieved for each category.
* Campaigns should have been launched between January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2016
* Work submitted for 2017 awards should be in English.
- Publishers (Can nominate their authors)
- Literary Agents (For their authors published)
- Authors (Traditionally Published or Self Published)
- Advertising Agencies handling Authors
- Social Media Agencies handling Authors
- PR agencies handling Authors
- Any company or freelance specialists who have helped in promoting the Young Talent under 35 yrs.
As a Publisher, you can nominate your Authors who are under 35 years of age for their work that has been released within
the period: 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2016.
The age categories are: Group A: under 10 years, Group B: 10-15 years, Group C: 16-20 years, Group D: 21-35.
Separate nominations can be made under the following four genres:
General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Children Illustrated, Sci-Fic / Horror /Fantasy/Mystery
We invite all mainstream and self-published authors under the age of 35 years to nominate their work or let their publishers nominate on their behalf for your books that have been released between 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2016.
Awards for which nominations can be filed are:
- a) Youngest Author 2017(Age)
- b) Youngest Author 2017(Best Work)
- c) Best Cover Design
- d) Most Creative Book Launch
- e) Most Innovative Book Launch
- f) Innovative Social Media Usage
- g) Best PR Campaign for a Book Launch
- h) Ambient Media for a Literary Purpose
You can submit your work under the following age categories:
Group A: under 10 years
Group B: 10-15 years
Group C: 16-20 years
Group D: 21-35
Multiple nominations can be made under the following four genres:
Sci-Fi. / Horror /Fantasy/Mystery
Inviting all bookstores that have helped launch books for Authors under the age of 35 years in the period: 1st Jan 2015
to 31st Dec 2016 to nominate themselves under the categories:
Most Creative Book Launch
Most Innovative Book Launch (Changed from outrageous – pls. check at other places)
Bookstore of the Year – For this award, separate nominations are not required, This award will be announced by Jury depending upon the maximum book launch nominations submitted or awards won.
We invite Agencies and Individuals to nominate themselves for their work under the Award categories mentioned below.
You can select from the following Award categories depending upon your project.
Best Cover Design
Most Creative Book Launch
Innovative Social Media Usage
Best PR Campaign for A Book Launch
Ambient Media for a Literary Purpose
Out of the box concept for Nurturing Young Authors
Work should have been done for an Author under 35 years of age.
Work should have been released between: 1st Jan 2015 to 31st Dec 2016.
Jury consists of eminent personalities from literary field that includes Publishers, Literary Agents andAuthors. It also consists of creative heads of advertising agencies, PR agencies, Social Media and main line Media agencies. Jury will be announced once the long list has been announced.
Awards will be held at a leading property in UAE.
‘Young Author Awards’ is an initiative of ‘TheWriteScene,’ a portal with a mission of helping writers - ‘Get Inspired. To Grow. To Excel.’
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Branch: New Delhi, India