Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers

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Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for New Writers

An annual prize first awarded in 1980 as an adjunct to the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature, established earlier in memory of the tremendously popular historical novelist Eiji Yoshikawa (1892–1962), who produced some 80 novels, many of them bestsellers, and came to be regarded as "the people's author." His works include the monumental multi-volume novels Musashi (abridged tr. 1981; original title Miyamoto Musashi) and The Heike Story (abridged tr. 1956; original title Shin Heike monogatari).

In contrast to the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature, which goes to veteran authors, this prize is awarded to relatively new writers of popular fiction who have begun to catch on with the public as evidenced by a major hit or bestseller. With the five- to six-member prize committee made up of some of the best known writers of the day, even nominees who fail to win are often able to capitalize on comments published by the judges. The winner is customarily announced at the beginning of March each year, together with the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Literature and the Yoshikawa Eiji Prize for Culture. The awards ceremony takes place in early April.

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