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Publishers for the Diaspora writers and poets Skylark Publications UK A Non-Profit Foundation

 Recipients of our Awards so far


Word Masala Champion of the Diaspora Poetry Award is only conferred on the quality  publishers and magazines who support South-Asian diaspora writers and poets.

About the Awards


A Review Group

Word Masala has set up a review group. We want to build up this group. Practical position in the publishing world is that if you are not prepared to review books by other poets and authors, it will be wrong to expect others to review your books. It takes time and effort. If everyone thinks it is a waste of time, then we will have a continued problem. If you are not pro-active in creating helpful conditions, then more and more publishers will ignore Diaspora writers. They are in it for the money. So let us feed their marketing with something that we can do. Please write to participate as much as you can to this group. Debjani Chatterjee has been successful in doing this exchange with Reginald Massey. Both have been featured in our past issues. I am spending as much time as I can to contact and find the magazines that will give us the space for articles on our poets and writers, as well as reviews. So please contact me to add your help in this matter.

And once again, may I request readers to go out of their way to encourage our Diasporic poets by acquiring their books from the links provided? Not only Daljit Nagra's book here, but the books recently published by the poets featured earlier, Debjani Chatterjee, Shanta Acharya, Usha Akella, and Reginald Massey.


Poetry e-books and a Poetry Club

We are in the process of setting up this opportunity. The e-books will be all 99 p. They will be 40 pages each. You can submit your own e-book for the consideration, or submit to Skylark for the publication. Please note this Foundation is again not about making money, but to spread the reading of poetry to a wider group of readers. This way poets also will support the other poet's work while their own work is being helped by the Foundation. Anyone can become a member to support this. There is no membership fee.

More details will be revealed when we have enough number of books on the list. We will organize pod-casts to help you in creating your own e-books.


Current winners of our prestigious award:            A  B  C  D  E  F  G  H  I  J  K  L  M  N  O  P  Q  R  S  T  U  V  W X Y Z
























Annual Celebration

We will work on organizing to present our award winning poets at the House of Lords as important and influential poets of the Diaspora. Lord Parekh and Lord Dholakia as patrons are very keen to see our Diaspora writers and poets making a success in the tough market for their literature in the host community.

Our supporting organization in the matter are, Vatayana, a Poetry-on-the-South-Bank movement run by Poet  and Novelist Divya Mathur, Gujarati Literary Academy, Turkish Cultural Centre UK, Poetry-in-the-House run by the poet and novelist Shanta Achraya, and many more organizations.




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A Presentation at the House of Lords

How it works?


Poets, publishers and magazines are primarily nominated by our present winners, the editor, the guest editors, and patrons of Word Masala. This then leads to further consultation in the background with feedback received from a wider group. Reading their work becomes an important part of this process. The decision of the Director of Word Masala Non-Profit Foundation, with the agreement of the patrons Lord Parekh and Lord Dholakia is final. An invitation is then issued to the respective poet.


The awards are not automatic as we have a responsibility to acknowledge and celebrate the extra-ordinary achievements of our featured poets. Hopefully, this will also draw urgent attention to their work from magazine editors, publishers, agents, and libraries.

Annual Anthologies


Once a year a Word Masala Poet-of-the-Month volume will try to publish a selection of poems by our winners.




2018

Word Masala Award

Trailblazing Magazines


PN Review


Under the Radar




2016

Word Masala Publkishers’ Award


Arc Publications
Eyewear Publishing
Emma Press
Faber and Faber
HopeRoad Publishing
Limehouse Books
Nine Arches Press
and
Valley Press


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2016    

Word Masala Award     


1.    Pramila Venkateswaran

2.   Siddhartha Bose

3.    Kavita A. Jindal    

4.    Bobby Nayyar

5.    Phinder Dulai


2015

Word Masala Award


1.    Debjani Chatterjee

2.    Shanta Acharya

3.    Reginald Massey

4.    Usha Akella

5.    Daljit Nagra

6.    Saleem Peeradina

7.    Usha Kishore

8.    Meena Alexander

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WM Crowdfunding Award


1.       Mona Dash

WMP Special Citation Awards


   1.    Sweta Vikram

2017    

Word Masala Award     


1.    Prabhu Guptara

2.    Rishi Dastidar

3.    Bashabi Fraser