The Fifth Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize: Call for Entries

Jointly administered by the Department of English at the University of Hyderabad, the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize was instituted in 2009 by the Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust to recognise excellence in Indian poetry written in English. The award is highly regarded and consists of a citation, along with a cash prize of Rs. 10,000.

Aditi Machado was awarded the inaugural Prize, and Hemant Mohapatra (2010), Aditi Rao (2011), and Tushar Jain (2012) have won it in subsequent years. The Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust is currently seeking entries from young Indian poets for the fifth Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize. All entries will be judged by a distinguished jury of poets and literary personalities, and the citation will be presented at an event in Hyderabad in October 2013.

Srinivas Rayaprol
Srinivas Rayaprol (a.k.a. R. S. Marthandam). Photograph courtesy of Dr. Aparna Rayaprol.

The rules for submission are as follows:

1. All entries must be submitted on or before August 31, 2013.

2. All submitted poetry should be in English and written by Indian citizens between 20-40 years of age.

3. The submission must include three different and unpublished poems written by the applicant.

4. All applicants must provide proof of age (scanned copies of their passport/driver’s licence/PAN card/election card/Aadhar card).

5. All submissions must be accompanied by the applicant’s complete contact information (including phone numbers and email addresses).

6. Applicants must not put their names on the poems to be submitted to the jury members.

All entries must be sent to:

Dr. Aparna Rayaprol
Convener, Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize
Director, Study in India Program
University of Hyderabad, Hyderabad AP 500046

The Srinivas Rayaprol Literary Trust was founded in 2000 to perpetuate the memory of the poet Srinivas Rayaprol (a.k.a. R. S. Marthandam, 1925-1998), one of the significant proponents of early English poetry in India.

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  • countersignature

    Hi, I had a question: All entries must be posted AND emailed or will just email suffice? Thanks!

  • All entries for the Srinivas Rayaprol Poetry Prize can either be emailed OR posted. Either way the entries must be accompanied by the applicant’s contact info and scanned/photocopied age proof documents.

  • Saiber


    I do not have the identity proof that you have asked for. But I do have my Result marksheet with my birthday or my college id with name and birthdate – front and back. Will that be fine?
    Please let me know as I am really interested in participating.


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  • Smitha

    Hi, I thought I read somewhere only post entries are accepted? I’m bit confused now after reading your comment :)
    Though if e-mail is fine, then it is very helpful and convenient for participants!

  • Smitha

    This is where I read the news from which I interpreted only queries can be emailed not the entry, but I guess the rules have changed from 2012 to 2013.

    Have emailed my entry, thanks again :)

  • The documents that you mentioned will be sufficient as well, Saiber. Go ahead and send in your entry.

  • Anish

    Hi, When will we know the results?

  • Raghu Nayak


    please tell us date and venue, & when ll the prize announce

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