The FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices awards will reward the most compelling works of fiction, film and art from emerging market countries.

The awards, which will be decided by a panel of international judges, will give a fiction award for the best published work in English or published in English translation in Africa and the Middle East. The books must be a minimum of 20,000 words long and be written by a national or passport holder of one of the specified countries. The works can be published in print or digital form, or both, between January 1 2014 and September 30 2015. Self-published works will not be accepted for entry.

There will be an award for the best short film (up to 40 minutes long, including opening and closing credits) completed or released in emerging market countries in the Asia-Pacific region. The film, which must have been directed by a national or passport holder of one of the relevant countries, must have been completed or made available for distribution between January 1 2014 and March 31 2015. The film can be in any language, but if it is not in English, it must have English subtitles.

We will also reward an artist who is a national or passport holder of one of the relevant Latin American or Caribbean countries. The artist will have to submit four works, created at any time. The works can be paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations or mixed media. Initial submissions should be made in the form of high-quality digital photographs or films.

In each category the winner will receive a prize of $40,000, which will be awarded at a gala dinner in New York in early October.

See a list of the eligible countries here

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