Man Asian Literary Prize

The Man Asian Literary Prize, founded in 2007, is an annual literary award of US$ 30,000 given to the best novel by an Asian writer, either written in English or translated into English. Founded in 1783, the Man Group is the world's largest publicly traded hedge-fund manager, and also sponsors the prestigious Man Booker Prize. The Man group withdrew funding support for the Asian literary prize in 2012.  

Man Asian Literary Prize puts Asian writers in the world spotlight

Professor David Parker. Photo: SCMP

Professor David Parker, chair of the Man Asian Literary Prize's board of directors, says its mission is to bring the best of Asian literature to the world, and that includes Asia.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 10:30am

An audience with Tan Twan Eng, winner of this year's Man Asian Literary Prize

Photo: Dickson Lee

Tan Twan Eng knows all there is to know about Japanese gardens, can tell you all about Boer war postmarks, and he's even something of an expert on tattoos. 

18 Mar 2013 - 9:34am

Tale of unlikely friendship wins Man Asian prize

Tan Twan Eng was recognised for The Garden of Evening Mists.

Tan Twan Eng has won the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize for The Garden of Evening Mists, a novel that takes place in the aftermath of the Japanese occupation of Malaysia.

15 Mar 2013 - 5:53am

Talking points

Jeet Thayil

Asia's most prestigious literary prize is presented at a glittering ceremony in Hong Kong, as its principal sponsor prepares to bow out. Among the top contenders for the Man Asia Literary Prize are Pakistan's Musharraf Ali Farooqi, Japan's Hiromi Kawakami, Malaysia's Tan Twan Eng, Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk and Hong Kong-educated Jeet Thayil of India. 

14 Mar 2013 - 2:59am

State of suspense as sponsor bails on Man Asian

Orhan Pamuk (Turkey)

The Man Asian Literary Prize has grown in stature since it began in 2007, with some classing it as the "Asian Booker". 

10 Mar 2013 - 5:04pm

Jeet Thayil on short list for Man Asian Literary Prize

Tan Twan Eng. Photo: Faber&Faber

The debut novel of an Indian poet and writer, who was educated in Hong Kong, is one of five works chosen for the 2012 Man Asian Literary Prize shortlist.

Indian author Jeet Thayil's Narcopolis, which was also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, joins four other novels spanning Turkey to Tokyo.

10 Jan 2013 - 11:13am

A lifelong love of literature

David Parker's life has revolved around literature. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Under executive director David Parker, the Man Asian Literary Prize has evolved into the most sought-after award of its kind in the region.

30 Dec 2012 - 3:10pm

Funding withdrawn for Man Asian Literary Prize

The Man Asian Literary Prize. Photo: AFP

Asia's top literary award received a huge blow after it was announced that its title sponsor will withdraw its funding this year. The Man Asian Literary Prize, awarded by a Hong Kong-based committee to an Asian writer, has lost the support of the Man Group and is now searching for a new sponsor. The Man Group's sponsorship not only included the prize money, but also all the organisational costs, including administration and publicity. An exact figure was not given, but organisers described it as a "high value and visibility" sponsorship.

18 Oct 2012 - 7:57am

Seven books too good to put two down

An unprecedented seven books were unveiled yesterday evening for the shortlist of the prestigious Man Asian Literary Prize 2011, after the judges said that the literary quality coming out of Asia was so good, they could not limit it to the usual five.

11 Jan 2012 - 12:00am


Illustrado by Miguel Syjuco Pan MacMillan HK$104

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland artists able to breach language barrier

The influence of Chinese arts and culture is felt around the world, the endowment of a long history of creativity. However, politics at certain junctures in imperial times and more recently under Communist rule has been a destructive force for many artists.

2 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

BOOK (2007)

Soledad's Sister Jose Dalisay (Anvil Publishing)

When Filipino multi-award-winning journalist, playwright and Philippine Star columnist Jose Dalisay's first novel, Killing Time in a Warm Place, came out in 1992, it soon became apparent that Southeast Asia was blessed with a new literary player of enormous potential.

4 Apr 2010 - 12:00am

Mainlander Su Tong wins the Man Asian fiction prize with novel of 'immense charm'

Mainland author Su Tong last night won the US$10,000 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel The Boat to Redemption.

17 Nov 2009 - 12:00am

Filipino wins Asian literary prize

Filipino author Miguel Syjuco has won the US$10,000 Man Asian Literary Prize for his novel Ilustrado.

14 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Beijing writer wins first Man Asian award for 'panoramic novel'

Beijing author Jiang Rong won the inaugural Man Asian Literary Prize last night for his novel Wolf Totem - but he was unable to claim the award in person because of ill health.

The novel - about a Beijing intellectual who goes to live in a nomadic settlement in Inner Mongolia during the Cultural Revolution - was chosen from a shortlist of five.

11 Nov 2007 - 12:00am