3rd PEN IN BOOKS Young Author Award Ceremony on March 8

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Bhubaneswar: PEN IN Books, the leading publishing house of the state and a part of Odia Media Private Limited, is going to confer the 3rd edition of Young Author Award on March 8, 2020.

The final list of winners for the much awaited PEN IN Books Young Author Award, that is awarded every year, has been announced in December last year. Ten young authors under the age group of 40 will receive the PEN IN Books Young Author Award 2019 in a ceremony going to be held on March 8. Apart from 7 young Odia writers, one writing in Hindi and 2 in English have also been included in the list, informed Subhransu Panda, author, journalist and director of Odia Media.

The 7 adjudged winners, writing in Odia, are Harihar Panda for his feature manuscript Raja Ghara KathaKrupasindhu Pradhan for his novel manuscript MahasateeKshirodini Behera for her poetry manuscript Sabu Rati Tuma PainSubrat Swain for his lyrics manuscript Kebe Sahe Kebe SunaSwarup Kumar Nayak for his poetry manuscript Andharar AradhanaDasarath Hembram for his poetry manuscript Mukti Abhisika and Lokanath Sahu for his poetry manuscript Kashatandi.

This year one manuscript in Hindi and two in English are also selected for the prestigious award. Gayatri Mavuru for her Hindi poetry manuscript RabtaSubhransu Sekhar Ojha for his English novel manuscript Those Crazy Seven Years and Abhisek Pani for his English poetry manuscript The Octahedral Verses will also receive this prominent youth award for literature from Odisha.

Speaking about the award, Sri Panda informed that, this award is being given to creative writers from India, preferably from Odisha, bellow 40 years of age since 2017. Hindi and English writers are being included in the list from 2018.

Manuscripts for the current edition of award were invited earlier in 2019, and out of more than 80 entries received, the learned jury selected the above 10 manuscripts.

“This award is instituted to encourage and introduce young and promising writers to the wide fraternity of readers”, said Mr Panda. While the award ceremony is scheduled to be held at Jaydev Bhawan here on International Women’s Day in March 2020, all the awarded manuscripts will be published in form of books later on. The manuscripts awarded in the 2nd edition of PEN IN Books Young Author Award Ceremony will be published during the coming award event, Mr Panda added.

Odia Media also organises few other annual national and state level festivals like Koraput Literary Festival, Bhubaneswar Literary Festival, Bhasha Festival, Odisha Youth Award, Odisha Education Award, Odisha Media Conclave, Odisha Health Conclave and Odisha Excellence Award etc.

PEN IN Books, established in 2006, is a leading publishing house in Odisha having more than 200 titles to its credit. It publishes books in Odia, Hindi and English.

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