The inaugural FT/OppenheimerFunds Emerging Voices Awards opens for applications for talents in the arts. It aims to recognise extraordinary artistic talent in three categories – fiction literature, film-making and art across more than 100 emerging market nations.
There is a remarkable structural shift in the world, propelled by economic progress in the developing markets and the advanced reach of the Internet. More connectivity and greater variety of voices in the business, science and arts communities are leading to a new renaissance. The Financial Times and OppenheimerFunds are delighted to provide a platform to recognise the people contributing to these markets.
Worth of Award
The winner in each category will receive a prize award of $40,000 and will also be featured in a post event magazine and videos profiled on
The Emerging Voices Award will be open to residents or passport holders of emerging nations in three categories:
  • Africa and the Middle East: Works of fiction published in English.
  • Asia-Pacific: Films in any language with English subtitles.
  • Latin America and the Caribbean: including, but not limited to, paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photographs, prints and mixed media.
  • The judges aim to reward those in each of the eligible art forms whose work shows outstanding talent and in some way furthers understanding of their region.
How to Apply
The Awards, which will be decided by a panel of international judges, will reward the most compelling works of fiction, film and art from emerging market countries and will recognise:

  • the best creators of published fiction in English or English translation in Africa and the Middle East
  • the top film-makers in Asia-Pacific
  • the most distinguished artists in a variety of media in Latin America or the Caribbean
Further information regarding each award can be found below and via the rest of the website. Should you have any questions relating to the Awards please contact us on: [email protected]
Deadline:  Closing date for submissions is April 30, 3015. The longlist for each category will be announced on 5 June 2015. This will be followed by the announcement of three finalists on 7 August 2015 who will be invited to attend an awards ceremony in New York on 5 October 2015 where category winners will be announced.


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