Writers Rizia Rahman and Fatima Rumi have been named winners of EXIM Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award 2018.
The award, an initiative of fortnightly Anyadin and EXIM Bank, is awarded to two writers every year on the eve of Humayun Ahmed’s birthday.
Rizia Rahman won the award in the lifetime achievement category. She will receive Tk 5 lakh as part of the award.
A recipient of Bangla Academy Literary Award (1978), Rizia Rahman is best known for the novel Banga Theke Bangla (1978). She has published more than 45 novels and short-story collections till date, including, Ghar-Bhanga-Ghar (1984), Uttar Purush (1977), Rakter Okshor (1978), Alikhito Upakhyan (1980) Aranyer Kache (1980) and others.
Fatima Rumi won the EXIM Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award in the young litterateur category for her novel Saajbela. She will receive a prize-money of Tk 1 lakh as part of the award. She previously won Kali O Kolom Award 2014 in the Short Stories and Novel category for her debut book Ami Onindita.
The awards will be handed over during a ceremony that will take place at Abdul Karim Shahitya Bisharad Auditorium of Bangla Academy on November 12.
EXIM Bank-Anyadin Humayun Ahmed Literary Award was introduced in 2015. Previous recipients of the award include Shawkat Ali, Sadia Mahzabin Imam, Hasan Azizul Huq, Swakrit Noman, Jyoti Prakash Dutt and Mojaffor Hossain.
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