originally known as the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize,
consists of a cash award of US$30,000 shared equally each
year by one fiction and one nonfiction book that
contribute to greater understanding and cooperation among
the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim. The Prize is
managed by Jeannine Stronach, and administered by Peter Coughlan.
The Name: The Prize takes its name from Reverend Seiyu Kiriyama, president and founder of Agon Shu, a Buddhist Association headquartered in Tokyo, Japan; however, the Kiriyama Prize, like Pacific Rim Voices, has no specific political or religious agenda.
The Pacific Rim: For the purposes of the Kiriyama Prize we define Pacific Rim as any nation or place that touches the Pacific Ocean, together with the Indian subcontinent. This includes the North Pacific, East Asia, Southeast Asia, the South Pacific, the Pacific-facing countries of the Americas, and South Asia. Have a look at the map.
The Rules: Each year, publishers are invited to submit books for the Prize. The books entered must be concerned with the Pacific Rim, as described above, in a significant way. They must also be in English, either originating or translated into English, and must have been published between January 1 and December 31 of the current year. Take a look at the rules on the Prize website.
The Judges: New judging panels are appointed by the Kiriyama Prize administrators each year. Panels have included authors, librarians, journalists, editors, scholars, and other professionals from various cultural backgrounds. The judges hold in common a love for books, a belief in the enduring value of reading, and a dedication to the mission of the Prize to encourage greater understanding of and among the peoples and nations of the Pacific Rim and South Asia. You can see a list of the current judges on the Kiriyama Prize website.
Prize Sponsor: the Prize is sponsored and administered by Pacific Rim Voices.
The website: theres a website dedicated exclusively to the book Prize, at www.kiriyamaprize.org, and there you will find rules and entry forms, the current lists and archives of books submitted, information about winners, finalists and notable books, bios of the judges, and more.
Jeannine Stronach, Prize Manager
300 Third Street, Ste 822
San Francisco, CA 94107