The State Bank of Travancore (SBT) has invited entries for the SBT Malayala Sahithya Awards for 2012.

The awards are for short story collections, poetry collection, children’s literature, and literary criticism. First edition of books published between January 1 and December 31, 2012, will be considered for awards in each of these categories. Authors themselves, or the concerned publishing houses, can submit the entries. Four copies of the book had to be submitted, the SBT said in a press release on Thursday.

The SBT also invited entries for its media award. Human interest stories published between January 1 and December 31, 2012, in Malayalam dailies will be considered for the award. One original copy of the newspaper carrying the article and three copies with a certificate of attestation by the concerned authority has to be submitted. The award in all the five categories carry a cash prize of Rs.20,000 and a plaque designed by artist Bhattathiri. Entries should reach the Chief Manager, Official Languages Department, State Bank of Travancore, Head Office, Poojapura, Thiruvananthapuram- 695012 not later than January 14, 2013.