Nikita Singh, Zuni Chopra, Mrinalini Mitra, Anuj Tiwari, Mannu Pillai, Izy Hossack, Amand Shukla/Poulomi Pavini, Puja Changoiwala and Sfurti Sahare are today revealed as the nine shortlisted authors for the 2018 International Young Author Awards.

The shortlist features fiction and non-fiction that a global panel of judges has variously described as “truly extraordinary” and “sublime”.

Their publishers include HarperCollins India, Bloomsbury India, Penguin Random House and the Octopus Publishing Group London.

The winners of each category will be revealed at a star-studded event in Dubai, UAE, in April next year.

Other advisors include the Indian poet Padma Shri Keki N. Daruwalla; and Mita Kapur, the CEO of Siyahi, India’s leading literary agency and the director of the Mountain Echoes Literary Festival in Tibet.

International Young Author Awards founder, Deeba Salim Irfan

Founder Deeba Salim Irfan said the awards – originally set to take place last month – were postponed until April 2018 after organisers received an “unexpected but very welcome flood” of nominations.

The jury includes a selection of some of the world’s leading figures in the literary industry, including agents, journalists, publicists and bestselling authors.

Jon Kirk, who runs the UK’s market-leading book PR agency, Palamedes PR, is an award-winning publicist, author, ghost-writer and former national news journalist.

“I am extremely pleased and honoured to join the panel of

Fatma Buti Al Mheiri, the Chairman of the Dubai Quality Group and Advisor to the First International Young Author Awards

judges for the first International Young Author Awards, and I wish all nominees the very best of luck in April of next year,” Jon said, who is also named Reporter of the Year by the UK’s Press Gazette.

Nominations for Literary Creative Awards are still open for categories including Innovative Social Media Usage; Ambient Media; Innovative PR, Creative Book Launch; and ‘Out of the Box Concept for Nurturing Young Minds.’

For further information about the awards, and for a full list of categories, visit the awards’ website at or write to Meg at


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