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Indiaplaza.in launches annual award to honour Indian author of fiction

Online shopping company Indiaplaza.in has launched Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Awards, an annual award to honour Indian author of fiction. The company has invited publishing houses in India to nominate their best books published in 2007.

According to Indiaplaza, there will be two categories — Critics’ Choice Award and Reader’s Choice Award — and both the winners will be awarded the Golden Quill trophy and presented with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each.

Online shopping company Indiaplaza.in has launched Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Awards, an annual award to honour Indian author of fiction. The company has invited publishing houses in India to nominate their best books published in 2007.

According to Indiaplaza, there will be two categories — Critics’ Choice Award and Reader’s Choice Award — and both the winners will be awarded the Golden Quill trophy and presented with a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh each.

The judges for this year’s award include former BBC journalist Mark Tully, theatre critic Shanta Gokhale and columnist Anita Nair. Mahasweta Devi, a Jnanpith award winner, will be the guiding spirit for the Indiaplaza Golden Quill Book Awards 2008. Arundhati Ghosh, deputy director, India Foundation for the Arts, will ensure that the entire process is fair and transparent.

K Vaitheeswaran, co-founder and COO, Indiaplaza.in, has said, “With the great success that Indian authors are achieving in the global literary arena, we believe it is an apt time to establish an award that will recognize Indian writers based in India.”

“We will continue our support to nurture the talent of Indian writers and over the next few years introduce more Golden Quill awards in other categories like Indian language fiction and non-fiction, Children’s books, business management besides others,” Vaitheeswaran has added.

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