ATA Novel & Drama writing contest
Fri, 12 Sep 1997 13:25:55 -0400 (EDT)

American Telugu Association announces contest with prizes one lac rupees each
for a Telugu novel and a Telugu play.

In connection with their 5th biennial conference at Detroit on July3-4th,
1998, ATA is happy to announce a Telugu novel and Telugu drama writing
contest in collaboration with vArtha, telugu daily published from Hyderabad.
 The contest is seeking works of a high order that will hopefully stand the
test of time.  Writers are invited to participate in large numbers and submit
works of outstanding literary merit that cpature the essence of telugu life
and living.

The Theme

Should be different from themes explored by works recognized for their
excellence in recent times.  Should be contemporary or pertaining to recent
past (a few decades).  Works relating to neglected lives or backgrounds may
be explored.  Attempts to address issues in the wider context of telugu
society may be undertaken.  There are no geographical boundaries, though!

The Language.

Should be in the living vernacular of the telugu people;  simple,
beautiful,accessible to all, appropriate for place and people, idiomatic and
completely authentic.  Whatever the regional dialect used for the dialog may
be, the body of the work should be in the language of common use and easily
understood.  This is meant to assure wider reach.  For plays, of course, this
requirement does not apply.

The Length

It is our expectation that the novel will not exceed 500 pages in legal size
in manuscript (not type or computer-script).  However, the exact length is
left to the discretion of the writers and the requirements of the novel.
 Drama should not take more than 3.00 hours to stage.  Under 2.30 hours is
preferred.  It will probably be less than 200 (5"X7"size) pages in print.

The Remuneration

Rs.100,000 (oka laksha mAtramE) to be presented- one to the novel writer and
one to the playwright- at the ATA conference.  Only one writer for each genre
will be paid for the trip to and fro the conference site, regardless of the
number of the writers of the winning entry.  In case of joint authorship, it
is upto the writers to designate one of them for the trip.

The Entry

Writers should sign and send in a sealed envelope accompanying the manuscript
a sworn statement that the manuscript represents original, hitherto
unpublished work.  Entries cannot be translations, transcreations or
imitations.  They should not have been submitted simultaneously to other
contests or regular publications.  Additionally, the writers should agree
that ATA will have first rights of publication, serialization, distribution,
and staging of the play at no additional compensation to the authors.  The
writer's name, address, and name of the entry should be included in the sworn
affidavit.  The envelope containing this written affidavit should not bear
the name of the author but may have the street and town address and must have
the name of the entry.  The manuscript itself must have only the name of the
novel/play and not the authors name(s).  The packet containing the manuscript
should similarly bear only the name of the novel/play and nameless address of
the sender.  It goes without saying that the addressee's full name and street
address are required for the post office to deliver the package.

The Decision

The decision of the contest organizers is final and not subject to
review/correspondence.  The writers waive all rights of appeal and
adjudication.  The written undertaking should also contain language to this
effect.  Entries not accompanied by the prescribed affidavits will not be
considered.  Also no manuscripts can be returned to the writers and they are
advised to retain a copy for their own records.  Any attempt to lobby anyone
connected with the contest directly or through others will be considered a

The Caveat

Should the organizers conclude that none of the works received is of the high
standard they are seeking, it is within their discretion to reduce the prize,
cancel the paid trip to the conference or make such other modifications as
they see fit.  Their decision is not subject to appeal.

Writers should note, however, that it is the fervent hope of the organizers
that works of high merit will be received and there will be a winner in each

The Bar

Organizers of ATA and the contest, employeees and owners of vArtha, advisors,
judges and such others as may have a role in any decision relating to the
contest are precluded from entering the contest.

The Deadline

January 31, 1998 is the deadline for receipt of entries by:

  The Editor in Chief, Vaartha, Lower Tank Bund Road, Hyderabad-500 080,

An Appeal

I am happy to announce that once again, money for these prizes and other
expenses is being raised through individual contributions as far as possible
as in the case of the TANA novel contest.  Already Sri Subrhmanym Reddi of
Mineral Wells, Texas has pledged an amount of $1,000 with no strings
attached.  Dr.Gopal Reddi, President of ATA, who has requested me to organize
the contest mooted and commited himself to the project and pledged complete
autonomy and non-interference in its conduct.  I request all those who
supported me (and TANA) in the earlier venture to also support me in this and
make contributions big and small.  Please send checks made out to ATA-5th
Conference to "Murali S. Chanduri, 3950 Padua Ave, Claremont, CA.91711.  A
copy each of the printed novel and play will be mailed to all contributors in
case they do not attend the conference.  All attendees will receive copies at
the conference.

Murali Chanduri  Ph & Fx (909)  624 9331