Indonesian author Eka Kurniawan. (Photo courtesy of Eka Kurniawan)

Eka Kurniawan, Leila S. Chudori Long-Listed in FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards


JUNE 20, 2016

Jakarta. Indonesian authors Eka Kurniawan and Leila S. Chudori have been long-listed in the second FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards — a round of awards to recognize artistic talents in literature, art and film from more than 100 emerging market countries.

Eka and Leila are in the running for the Fiction Award — presented to the author of a published work of fiction in English or English translation from the Asia-Pacific — for their respective novels, "Man Tiger" and "Home."

They share the long-list with eight other fiction writers from Bangladesh, China, India and Turkey.

The other two award categories include the Art Award for artists from Africa and the Middle East, and the Film Award for filmmakers from Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Emerging Voices Awards was established by the Financial Times newspaper and global asset manager OppenheimerFunds in 2015.

"There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the internet," the organizers said of the impetus behind the awards on their website. "More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance."

The Fiction Award winner will be decided by a panel of international judges that include Financial Times book editor Lorien Kite, Chinese novelist and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo and Turkish novelist and political scientist Elif Shafak.

A short-list consisting of three finalists in each category will be announced on August 5, with the winners announced during an awards ceremony in New York on Sept. 26. The winner of each category will receive a prize of $40,000, while the short-listed runners-up will each receive $5,000.

The winners of last year's inaugural awards were Nigerian author Chigozie Obioma, Malaysian filmmaker Yuhang Ho and Peruvian sculptor Cristina Planas.