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GAT Literary Prize, 2016 announces panel of 5 international judges

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GAT Lit Prize Judges announced for 2016 short storyGlobal Asian Times has announced the panel of 5 international judges for its inaugural GAT Literary Prize Short Story Contest, 2016 designed to recognize excellence in short fiction in the English language from around the world.

This award will continue to promote writers and their works to local and international audiences.

Toronto, January 21, 2016: Global Asian Times backed international GAT Literary Prize Short Story Contest, 2016 opened for submissions on January 8, 2016 and runs until June 8, 2016. Unveiling the 5 judges selected on merit of wide international renown, Mr. Pankaj Kumar, CEO & Founder of Global Asian Times, who is also the organizer of the international GAT Literary Prize, said, “Our panel is representative of a broad global community of significant literary voices where races, religions and ethnicities unite to propagate the power of the written word for progeny.”

Mr. Kumar added, “The lineup of judges with impressive literary profiles is a reflection of the unity and fraternity literature forges by bringing forth enriching stories and lived experiences from far-flung corners of the world.”

Among the judges is Mukul Deva, Harper Collins’ bestselling spy-military thriller novelist, hailed by media as “The Man with the Nostradamus Touch.” A retired Army Major, Deva has commanded center stage in literary fiction by reliving his days on the battlefield for his millions of fans who “smell gunpowder” through his books. The Indian Express claims, “Deva has got a license to thrill,” while Business Standard calls him, “India’s Literary Storm Trooper.”

The next judge is Kirstin Zhang, winner of UK’s biggest short story award, The Scotsman and Orange. A role model for turning her life around after immense personal adversity, Zhang won the award valued at £ 7,500 with her winning story, “The Enemy Within,” which was published in the award’s anthology, Secrets, released in 2005. She is also the winner of BBC Radio 4’s Excess Baggage writing competition for her story, “Spring,” and first prize winner of Harper Bazaar’s short story competition for “The Shrine.” Kirstin earned her MLitt.in Creative Writing from the University of Glasgow and is currently Writer in Residence for a project on the West coast of Scotland. She is represented by Victoria Hobbs at A.M. Heath, London.

The third judge is Ketan Bhagat, bestselling novelist and brother of India’s most influential author Chetan Bhagat, hailed by New York Times as “The biggest selling English-language novelist in India’s history.” Ketan is best known for his versus titles, the latest being Child/God. His debut novel Complete/Convenient sold 10,000 copies within two months of its release. His books have evoked the interest of many filmmakers in Mumbai, the glittering Bollywood city of dreams in India.

The fourth judge is Saadia Faruqi, a Pakistani-American author, speaker, interfaith leader and Editor-in-Chief of Blue Minaret, an online literary magazine for Muslim art, poetry and prose. Her short story collection, Brick Walls: Tales of Hope & Courage from Pakistan, has been hailed as a breath of fresh air to break stereotypes often associated with Muslims. She lives in Houston, USA, and has been interviewed by ABC, Houston Chronicle, The Fem, Global Outlook and many other media channels. Faruqi studied Business Administration from the University of Central Florida and trains law enforcement on cultural sensitivity.

The fifth judge is Ben Antao, Goa-born Canadian and a multi-genre writer of six novels, two memoirs, two travelogues, and several short stories. He is the former President of Canadian Authors Association, Toronto. Ben earned his M.A. in English from University of Bombay and has worked with The Navhind Times, Panjim and The Indian Express, Bombay. In 1966 he was awarded a journalism fellowship by the World Press Institute based at Macalester College in Minnesota, USA. Upon immigrating to Canada in 1967, he worked as a reporter and editor and went on to become an English teacher at a Toronto high school.

The international GAT Literary Prize short story contest has pledged $2000 in cash prizes and a plethora of opportunities to promote all 50 longlisted stories to local Canadian and global audiences. Top 5 winners will receive $1000, $500, $300, $100 and $100. A video publication of the top 5 winning entries by an acclaimed Canadian author will also be shared separately on multiple platforms for optimum exposure. First 5 winning stories will also appear in print in Global Asian Times and GAT Literary Prize along with a personalized interview of the writer.

Exposure is not limited to the top 5 winners. The next 20 notable stories will also be published prominently in Global Asian Times and GAT Literary Prize. Moreover, the remaining 25 stories out of the longlisted 50 will be housed under the Honorable Mentions category with the name of the writer and the title of their story.

For more information and submission guidelines, please visit: www.gatlitprize.com

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