Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Long-list for first DSC Prize out

A bunch of contemporary South Asian authors, including Indian names like Amit Chaudhuri and Upamanyu Chatterjee and young writers from Pakistan such as H M Naqvi and Ali Sethi were today named in the long-list of the first DSC Prize for South Asian Literature.

The prize, whose long-list has 14 books, carries an award money of USD 50,000, and will recognise English writing in the South Asian region. The long-list and the jury were announced here today.

The jury for the prize includes internationally acclaimed literary figures Lord Matthew Evans, Ian Jack, Amitava Kumar, Moni Mohsin and Nilanjana S Roy who is the Chairperson.

The award was announced in January this year by infrastructure firm DSC, which is the main sponsor of the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival.

The short-list of five from among the 14 selected works will be announced at the DSC South Asian Literature Festival, scheduled to be held in UK at the end of October, and its winner will be declared at the Jaipur literature festival in January next year.

The long-list includes Amit Chaudhuri's The Immortals, a story set in the Mumbai of 1970s and early 1980s, Mumbai-based Chandrahas Choudhury's Arzee the Dwarf and Upamanyu Chatterjee's Way to Go.

Full report here Outlook

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