DSC Prize for South Asian Literature


The US $25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature which was instituted in 2010 by Surina Narula and Manhad Narula, is one of the most prestigious international literary awards specifically focused on South Asian writing. It encourages fiction writing about the South Asian region which is defined as India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Myanmar, Nepal, Maldives and Afghanistan.

Its key vision is to showcase and reward the best talent writing about this region and present it to a global audience. It is a unique and coveted prize and is open to authors of any ethnicity or nationality as long as the writing is about South Asia and its people.

It also encourages writing in regional languages and translations, and the prize money is equally shared between the author and the translator in case a translated entry wins. In line with its South Asian essence, the DSC Prize Award ceremony is held in various South Asian countries by rotation.

The winner of the DSC Prize 2015 was announced at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the winner of the DSC Prize 2016 was announced at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka whereas the winner of the DSC Prize 207 will be announced at the Dhaka Literary Festival in November 2017.

The DSC Prize has completed six successful years and during this period it has received tremendous support from the international literary fraternity to emerge as a leading international literary prize focused on the South Asian region. It has been successful in achieving its objective of bringing South Asian writing to a larger world-wide forum as each of the winners has gone on to be published internationally and their work has reached a wider global audience.

Past winners of the DSC Prize have been H M Naqvi of Pakistan, Shehan Karunatilaka of Sri Lanka, Jeet Thayil and Cyrus Mistry from India, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Anuradha Roy from India who won the prize last year.

The DSC Prize is committed to extend the conversation on South Asian writing and reaches out to various audiences through exciting & creative partnerships with literary festivals, universities and colleges, book stores, cultural centres, and other literary organizations. It has partnered with the London School of Economics, the Frankfurt Book Fair, the Jaipur Literature Festival, the Galle Literary Festival, the Dhaka Literary Festival, the Sahitya Akademi, the Goethe Institute, and the University of Delhi amongst others.

The DSC Prize 2017 is now underway and entries from publishers worldwide have come in during February and March 2017. These entries would be read and evaluated by the five-member international jury panel, which would then announce a longlist of 12 to 15 books in New Delhi in August 2017.

Thereafter, a shortlist of five to six books would be announced in London in September 2017 and the final winner would be announced at a special event at the Dhaka Literary Festival in November 2017. The adjudication process is completely transparent and jury panel is solely empowered to adjudicate on the entries received and their decision is final. The jury is appointed each year by the 6 member Steering Committee which works in consultation with an Advisory Committee which advises and guides the prize process and helps establish global best practices. Website: www.dscprize.com

The following is the Jury for The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2017:

* Ritu Menon (Jury Chair), a feminist publisher and writer, co-founder of Kali for Women, Asia’s first feminist press. She has been active in the women’s movement in India, across South Asia and internationally for over 25 years, and has written and published widely on gender issues over the last three decades.

* Steven Bernstein ASC, DGA a screenwriter, director, author, cinematographer and lecturer. Dominion, his latest film from his own script is about the last days of Dylan Thomas. It stars John Malkovich, and has been widely praised. It comes out this year. Decoding Annie Parker was the film previous to that, also directed and written by Bernstein. It won him the Sloan award and it won several other awards. Bernstein worked as a director and cinematographer on Magic City, which got him an American Society of Cinematographers Award nomination for outstanding work.

* Valentine Cunningham is Oxford University Professor Emeritus of English language and Literature, and Emeritus Fellow in English at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He has held visiting professorships in the USA, Canada, Australia, Romania, and (especially) in Germany, and has lectured widely in Europe, the USA, South America, India and Canada. His many books are about Victorian Fiction, Victorian Poetry, the 1930s, King Lear, and Literary Theory.

* Senath Walter Perera, Senior Professor in English, University of Peradeniya, obtained his doctorate from UNB, Canada, on a Commonwealth scholarship. His awards include Fulbright Fellowships to Virginia Tech and Cornell and the Trinity College Kandy Prize for Education. He has published extensively on Sri Lankan, Diasporic, and Postcolonial Literature in English. Perera was Chair of the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Eurasia), Articles Editor for Postcolonial Text, Editor of The Sri Lanka Journal of the Humanities for sixteen years, and on the inaugural Advisory Committee of the DSC Prize.

* Yasmin Alibhai-Brown is a journalist who has written for The Guardian, Observer, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, The Evening Standard, The Mail and other newspapers and has been a weekly columnist on The Independent.

She is also a respected pundit, radio and television broadcaster and appears on key political and cultural programs. She has been consulted by various institutions and businesses on race and gender equality and has advised politicians, peers and ministers, including PM David Cameron, on diversity and inclusion policies in Britain’s complex democracy.

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