Longlist for $25,000 South Asian prize will be announced in October
The DSC Prize for South Asian Literature, now in its eighth year, has reported increases in the number of women authors and of overseas publishers represented among the prize submissions.
Of the record 88 entries for the prize this year, 45 are by women. Thirty per cent are by debut novelists. Almost 25% of the entries are from publishers outside South Asia - "which highlights", said prize founder Surina Narula, "the growing importance of the region in the global literary landscape".
The prize is worth $25,000, and administered by the South Asian Literature Prize & Events Trust. A five-member international jury will announce a longlist of 12 to 15 books at the Oxford Bookstore in New Delhi on 10 October. A shortlist of five or six books will be announced at the London School of Economics on 14 November, and the winner will be announced "in a South Asian country" in February.