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Project to reward Sinhala novelists
Sri Lankan art lovers living in Australia have launched a project to recognize the talented literary personnel living in Sri Lanka and reward them with cash prizes and certificates.

The initial step of this project would be to select the Best Sinhala Novel which has been published and registered in the Department of National Archives in 2003 and to make a cash award of rupees 50,000/= and “Swarna Padma” (Golden Lotus) trophy to the author. Swarna Padma Sansadaya organizes the local activities related to this event on behalf of the Sri Lankan sponsors in Australia. Popular writer and makeup artiste Buddhi Galappatti, writer Somaratne Balasuriya and editor of Irida Divayina newspaper, Gamini Sumanasekara are acting as local coordinators for Swarna Padma Sansadaya.

The awards ceremony will be held in September this year in Colombo. An independent panel of judges, which will consist of veteran writers in Sri Lanka will judge the best novel.

Any original novel written by a Sri Lankan author in 2003 will be considered for this competition. The Sansadaya invites Sinhala novelists who have published novels in 2003 to send their published work in 02 copies to reach the Coordinator, Swarna Padma Sansadaya, 15/1, Raja Mawatha, Pitakotte before 07 July 2004 together with information such as, Name of the Author, Title, Name of the publisher and year of publication. The copies of books submitted for the competition will not be returned and the decision of the Sansadaya will be final.


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