This year's Commonwealth Foundation's Literary Prizes were won by Shehan Karunatilaka and Emma Martin. While Sri Lankan author, Karunatilaka received the Commonwealth Book Prize 2012 for his debut novel 'Chinaman: The Legend of Pradeep Mathew'; Emma Martin from New Zealand won the Commonwealth Short Story Prize 2012 for 'Two Girls in a Boat'. The awards of ten thousand and five thousand were presented to Karunatilaka and Martin respectively at the Hay Festival. These awards aim at showcasing new literary talent in the Commonwealth. The prizes were given away by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian author who won the Orange Prize in the year 2007.