The Fairway National Literary Awards was initiated in 2015 as a companion piece to Fairway Holdings’ sponsorship of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival. This award recognises novelists in all three languages – Sinhala, Tamil and English and rewards shortlisted authors with a cash prize of Rupees One Hundred Thousand each and the three winners with a cash prize of Rupees Five Hundred Thousand each.
The primary objectives of FNLA were to provide the opportunity for talented local authors to achieve national level significance and to encourage aspiring authors. This venture of Fairway Holdings is also a part of its efforts to recognise the importance of the arts and culture of our country as well as to create lasting peace and harmony among all Sri Lankans.
The shortlist announcement ceremony for FNLA 2018 took place on the 30th of August and 5 Sinhala novels, 5 Tamil novels and 4 English novels were shortlisted. The final ceremony, where the winner of each language category will be announced is scheduled to take place on the 3rd of December at the Galle Face Hotel.
Given below are the details of the shortlisted novels of FNLA 2018.
Shortlisted novels in the Sinhala language category
- “Warana” by Padmini Seneviratne, published by Vidarshana Prakashana
- “haru Wisula Raya” by Aruna Premarathne, published by Full Moon Books
- “Aththani Kanu” by Sepali Mayadunna, published by S. Godage & Brothers (Pvt) Ltd.
- “Balawa Kandulu Gini Gani!” by P. B. Jayasekera, published by Fast Publishing (Pvt) Ltd.
- “Deshadrohiyage Nirmala Hardaya” by Tharangani Resika Fernando, published by Sama Publishers
Shortlisted novels in the Tamil language category
- “Irattak Kuliyal” by Musdeen, published by S. I. M. Publication
- “Idipadum Koddaikal” by Nawayanee Yohendranathan, published by Tamil Leader
- “Kattupol” by Pramila Pradeepan, published by S. Godage & Brothers (Pvt) Ltd.
- “Thottu Ponavarkal” by Fernando Seeman Pathinathan, published by Seeman Pathinathan. Fernando
- “Panichchaiyadi Munmaariyum Sattak Kinarum” by A. M. S. Velalagan, published by Mr. S. Piragalathan
Shortlisted novels in the English language category
- “Zeelam” by Navin Weeraratne, published by Navin Weeraratne
- “The Chameleon” by Seheni Hisara Kariyawasan, published by Vijitha Yapa Publications
- “Stories” by Charulatha Abeysekara Thewarathanthri, published by Sarasavi Publishers
- “Rao’s Guide to Lime Pickling” by Sandali Handagama, published by Sandali Handagama