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The Spectator


After the death of the writer Shiva Naipaul in 1985, The Spectator established an annual prize in his memory. This year the prize is part-sponsored by Penguin Books. It will be awarded to the writer best able to describe a visit to a foreign place or people. The award is not for travel writing in the conventional sense, but for the most acute and profound observation of a culture alien to the writer. Such a culture might be found as easily within the writer's native country as outside it.

The prize is open to English language writers of any nationality under the age of thirty-five on the closing date for entries (30 April 1999). Submissions should not previously have been published and should be not more than 4,000 words. The winner will receive a cash prize of £3,000 and the winning entry will be published in The Spectator.

Further details on the entry procedure are available from the University Registry.

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Cambridge University Reporter, 17 February 1999
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