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Literary Prize for Asian Writers

The New York Times reports, "The prize, an annual award of $10,000 to be known as the Man Asian Literary Prize, was announced yesterday in Hong Kong and is to be given next autumn for the first time by Man Investments." The CBC reports, The judges include:

        * Clarkson, who is a judge for this year's Giller Prize.         * André Aciman, chair of comparative literature at the City University of New York and a judge for the U.S. National Book Award.         * Nicholas Jose, who has written both fiction and non-fiction about China and is chair of creative writing at the University of Adelaide in Australia. The Asian prize differed from the two established competitions in that writers may submit work in the original language or in translation, said Robb Corrigan, Man's head of communications.

Australia and New Zealand are excluded from the 24 countries in the prize zone.

The first Man Asian Literary Prize will be awarded in Autumn 2007. The prize is sponsored by Man Investments, who are also the sponsors of the Booker Prize.

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