The Fairway National Literary Award
The Fairway National Literary Award was initiated to complement the sponsorship and activities of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival. The Fairway National Literary Award rewards novelists of all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English in Sri Lanka. It aims not only to acknowledge the efforts of outstanding writers, but also to inspire and encourage upcoming local writers as well.
In its third year, a total of 106 novels were submitted for the award, 87 in Sinhala, 08 in Tamil and 11 in English. An independent panel of judges selected the winners of each language category according to the criteria developed by them. The shortlisted entries were rewarded with a cash prize of Rupees One hundred thousand each and the winners were rewarded with a cash prize of Rupees Five hundred thousand each. Five Sinhala novels, four English novels and four Tamil novels were shortlisted for the award.