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Hong Kong Literary Scene: New Literary Price

The Hong Kong Literary scene now registers on the international literary radar of publishers, editors and agents according to the International Herald Tribute.

A new international literary prize has been announced for unpublished English language works and the first award will be made in the autumn of 2007. Man Investments (they fund the Booker Prize) are the financial muscle behind the new award.

Nury Vittachi, a journalist and novelist, is quoted as saying, “Before the whole food chain was missing. We didn’t have literary agents, literary magazines, literary editors, or a literary festival. Now the pieces of the chain are coming together. The Man literary prize was the last piece of the puzzle.”

Hong Kong is riding the wave of worldwide interest in Chinese literature. They have offices of major UK publishers in Hong Kong and are actively looking to find those books, which will translate well for a larger market.

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