The Fairway National Literary Award was initiated to compliment the sponsorship and activities of the Fairway Galle Literary Festival. The Fairway National Literary Award rewards novelists of all three languages: Sinhala, Tamil and English in Sri Lanka. It aims not only to acknowledge the efforts of outstanding writers, but also to inspire and encourage upcoming local writers as well.
In its second year, a total of 147 novels were submitted for the award, 124 in Sinhala, 11 in Tamil and 12 in English. An independent panel of judges selected the winners of each language category according to the criteria developed by them. The shortlisted entries were rewarded with a cash prize of Rupees One hundred thousand each and the winners were rewarded with a cash prize of Rupees Five hundred thousand each. Five Sinhala novels, four English novels and two Tamil novels were shortlisted for the award.
Asandhimitta by Saman Wickramarachchi, Ahambakaraka by Liyanage Amarakeerthi, Paradesi by Eric Iiayaparachchi, Sapthambarave Diga Dawasak by Kapila Kumara Kalinga and Maha Ravana by Tennyson Perera were shortlisted for the Sinhala language category. The Dalada Chronicles by Shyam S. Dissanayaka, Celibacy Factor by Quintus G. Fernando, First Utterance by Theena Kumaragurunathan and Parallel Lives by Nanda Pethiyagoda were shortlisted for the English category. In Tamil category Pancham Pilaika Wantha Seemai by M. Sivalingam and Kalavankaddikal by J. Wahabdeen were shortlisted.
Maha Ravana by Tennyson Perera was announced the winner of the Sinhala language category. Theena Kumaragurunathan’s novel First Utterance was the winner in the English language category and Pancham Pilaika Wantha Seemai by M. Sivalingam was the winner in Tamil language category.
The Awards were presented at the Fairway Galle Literary Festival on 15th January 2017, where publishers of the award winning novels also received podium recognition.