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Jury Announced – DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012

Jury Announced for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012

DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012

Eclectic international panel to judge 2012 edition of the US $50,000 DSC Prize

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature announced the Jury for its 2012 edition today. The five member judging panel comprises eminent names from the international literary fraternity – Dr. Alastair Niven , Dr. Fakrul Alam , Faiza S Khan, Ira Pande (Chair of the jury) and Marie Brenner. The Jury brings in a wide canvas of experience and represents the interests and creative principles of writing pertaining to the South Asian region – an agenda that the DSC Prize is committed to promoting.

This Jury will be responsible for assessing the entries over a period of three and a half months to arrive at a Longlist in September 2011, followed by the Shortlist (5-6 titles) in October 2011 and eventually the winner of the US $50,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012 in January 2012. The Call for Entries is currently open till May 15, 2011 and submissions can be made through www.dscprize.com.

Speaking on the occasion, Ira Pande, Chair of the Jury said, “I am delighted and honoured to be part of an effort to showcase South Asia whose rich literature draws on several languages and cultures. I am sure that this handsome award will encourage translations that will unveil this extraordinary treasury of imagination to the world outside it.”

The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature is guided by an international Advisory Committee comprising MJ Akbar, Urvashi Butalia, Tina Brown, William Dalrymple, Lord Meghnad Desai, David Godwin, Surina Narula, Senath Walter Perera, Nayantara Sehgal and Michael Worton. The DSC Prize is unique since it is not ethnicity driven in terms of the author’s origin and is open to any author belonging to any part of the globe as long as the work is based on the South Asian region, its culture and its people.

The first DSC Prize for South Asian Literature was awarded to HM Naqvi for his debut novel Home Boy (HarperCollins India) in January 2011.

Commenting on the occasion, Manhad Narula, Director, DSC Limited, said, “We are thrilled to have such an eminent Jury for the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2012. Each Jury member brings in a unique experience and vision of South Asian writing that will define the way forward for writing pertaining to this region. The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature has had a successful first year and has been well received by the literary fraternity. This year we hope to further our vision of extending the frontiers of South Asian writing by showcasing and rewarding the best writing talent and bring it to a global platform.”

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