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Winners of 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature announced

Dimapur, Nov 28 | Publish Date: 11/28/2019 11:51:42 AM IST

 The Kohima Educational Trust (UK) and Kohima Educational Society (Nagaland) have announced the winners of the 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature (GGPNL). A cash prize of Rs 10,0000/- and a certificate will be presented to each of the winners at the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival on December 1, 2019, at Kisama Naga Heritage Village.  

At a meeting of the state committee for the commemoration of the year-long 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, it was decided that the 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature should be awarded on December 1, coinciding with Nagaland Statehood Day and the launch of the Hornbill Festival at Kisama as part of the official state function.  

For the 2019 Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature, a list of five books by Naga authors was shortlisted. These books included the works by Sentilong Imsong (“Campus Blues”), Neikehienuo Mepfhü-o (“My Mother’s Daughter”) and Temsula Ao (“Aosenla’s Story”) in the Fiction category.

In the Non Fiction category, the works were by Abraham Lotha (“The Hornbill Spirit: Nagas Living their Nationalism”) and by Easterine Kire (“Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland”). 

These shortlisted works were given to three independent judges – one judge from Nagaland and two from outside, one from Manipur and the editor-in-chief of The Fair Observer, USA, to make the final selections. As stated in the announcement, all the final judges, well known authors, writers and intellectuals, were from outside the KET/KES fraternity.  

The final independent judges have unanimously selected the following winners for 2019: 

Fiction: “My Mother’s Daughter” by Neikehienuo Mepfhü-o (Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur)

Non-Fiction: “The Hornbill Spirit: Nagas Living Their Nationalism” by Abraham Lotha (Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur)

The Prize was instituted in order to recognize and reward the Knowledge-keepers and Idea-givers in Naga Society and to encourage and promote reading and writing within the Naga community. It is intended to give visibility to rational discourse in society and to help bring the thinking elements in Naga society to play a more effective role in the larger life of the community and society. 

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