Cha’s Hawker Prize 2019 Nominations

We are very pleased to announce that we have nominated the following three poems for the Hawker Prize  2019. Congratulations to these writers and good luck!

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Jeffrey, Marc and Cyril


The Hawker Prize for Southeast Asian Poetry invites editors of literary journals based in or who identify with Southeast Asia to nominate poems they believe are deserving of greater recognition.

We want to focus on the independent journals and publications from our region that curate amazing work from around the world; we want to draw attention not just to the poets these journals / publications publish, but to their publishers and editors as well. We decided on the name “Hawker Prize” as it hints at our food-loving regional cultures, and also places an emphasis on the platforms which regularly hawk poetry to hungry and eager readers.

The winning poems will be awarded $1,500, $700 and $300 for the first, second and third place respectively. We will accept works written in English and poems translated into English. Works will be accepted from journals based in or affiliated with Southeast Asia, whether or not the authors of those works are from Southeast Asia.

The winning works will be linked here on the competition website to the journals / publications where they originated from. Special features on the winning journals / publications will also be published to showcase their history and contextualise their efforts in the literary arts, to be rolled out within the third quarter of 2019.

❀ Works published in Cha have been included in Best of the Web (2009), selected as a winner and finalists of Best of the Net (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016), selected as a winner and a semifinalist of The Best Small Fictions (2018), named storySouth’s Million Writers Award Notable Stories (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014), and selected for inclusion in Best Indian Poetry (2018) ❀


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